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The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Fall 2004 



in this issue 


Message from the President 


New Trustees & Overseers 


Commencement 2004 


See How They Run 


Connected Learning 


Campus Update 


Alumni Affairs 


Bragdon II Campaign 


Annual Fund 


Lasell Village 




Class Notes 

Lasell is Awarded Two Significant Grants to Support 
Technology Infrastructure and Faculty Development 

Two prestigious foundations have given 
the nod to Lasell College by awarding 
the institution significant-sized grants to 
support expansion of the technology 
infrastructure and faculty development. 

The George I. Alden Trust of Worcester 
has awarded Lasell $100,000 for the 
purchase of computer hardware that 
will accelerate the acquisition of hubs 
and routers to appreciably enhance 
student access to the Internet, keeping 
Lasell at the cutting edge of technological 
change. Because of the grant, the 
enhancements to the technology 


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infrastructure that the College had 
planned to phase in over three years 
could be completed over the summer. 

Additionally, the Davis Educational 
Foundation — established by Stanton 
and Elisabeth Davis after his retirement 
as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, 
Inc. — has awarded Lasell $115,500 over 
three years, for the program, "Learning 
Through Connections: Enhancing 
Students' Perception of the Value of 
Academic Subject Matter." 

The Davis grant provides funding to fur- 
ther expand LaselTs unique Connected 
Learning approach to education which 
integrates "learning by doing" throughout 
arts and sciences and professionally- 

oriented coursework. Connected 
Learning engages students' imaginations 
and activities beyond the walls of the 
classroom, while always linking back to 
reflective activity within the classroom. 

The Davis grant focuses on auricular 
innovations within courses taken 
by students primarily during their first 
two years. "As a result," says Dr. Jim 
Ostrow, vice president for Academic 
Affairs, "we have the opportunity to 
enrich the academic experience of 
first- and second-year students so that 
they become proactive learners who 
are committed to degree completion." 

Dr. Ostrow continues, "To envelop 
LaselTs entire curriculum with the 
philosophy of Connected Learning, 

Behind Reunion 

the faculty needs the resources and 
opportunities to explore strategies for 
meeting new curricular challenges. 
The Davis grant funds three faculty 
members annually, who will serve as 
Connected Learning Organizers. They 
will act as project liaisons to and 
resource coordinators for key academic 
areas and groups of faculty members 
working to integrate Connected 
Learning into the curriculum. The grant 
also provides mini-grants for faculty to 
develop pedagogical innovations within 
first-and-second year level courses." 

Both groups will work on developing 
assessment models to measure the 
impact of these curricular changes on 
student performance and persistence. W 

"reparation is one of the keys to making Reunion a rousing success each year and 
when the May weekend arrives, both Alumni and Institutional Advancement staff rally 
together for each and every event. (See story on page 5. J 

See How They Run 

A new feature that periodically will spotlight College departments and their staffs, "See How 
They Run" offers an inside view of the people who comprise Lasell's departments and how they 
contribute to making Lasell run efficiently and effectively. This inaugural effort, in the special 
reunion issue of LEAVES, focuses on Institutional Advancement, the office responsible for 
rolling out each year's festive and fun alumni gathering. (See story on page 4.) 

Message from the President 

In this issue of the LEAVES, Managing 
Editor Fran Weil is focusing on the 
inner workings of reunion. Over the 
years, alumni have often commented to 
me about the success of this annual 
event, wondering how a small staff can 
pull off so complex an undertaking with 

aplomb. My answer always goes to the 
heart of the special nature of this 
remarkable small college: that its work 
is performed by dedicated, enthusiastic 
employees who exhibit an inspiring 
team spirit. 

Each time I engage in this discussion 
with our supporters - and our trustees - 
I find myself reflecting on how we work 
at Lasell, whether our organizational 
structure is adequately responsive to 
a rapidly changing educational market- 
place and how much longer we can 
sustain this arrangement where many 
hands come together to achieve amazing 
results. We expect a lot from our 
employees. They know we encourage 
each of them to work beyond their job 
descriptions. From my observations of 
workloads at other small colleges - 
knowledge gleaned from chairing at 
least one annual team visit to a New 
England college on behalf of the accred- 
itation commission - we clearly expect 

more at Lasell. I cannot recall one 
example where our departments, 
from Academic Affairs and Admission, 
to the Business Office, Institutional 
Advancement, Student Affairs, and 
Buildings and Grounds were more 
generously staffed than our competitors. 

Then how do we get the job done? 
Through team work and dedication. 
All departments are expected to support, 
whether directly or indirectly, major 
campus events such as Admission's 
open houses, graduation, reunion, 
and the opening of each semester. 
Employees respond willingly because 
Lasell is a caring employer. We don't 
"watch the clock," but rather focus on 
completing the task. We try to respond 
with understanding to the unexpected 
crises that visit all of us at some time or 
other outside the workplace. We encour- 
age professional growth, offer more 
time with family and friends around the 
major holidays and during the summer 

months, when the work slows, we grant 
ten extra three-day weekends by going 
to a four-day work week. 

Yes, we're lean, but not mean. Unlike 
the experiences at so many other 
educational institutions, we have never 
laid off employees during difficult fiscal 
times - because we have never become 
bloated. It has also allowed Lasell to pay 
more competitive wages in recent years, 
avoiding the boom and bust cycle of 
wage freezes. 

I thought you'd like to know. We seek 
to be good stewards of your gifts and 
are grateful for your faith in this special 


Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 

New Trustees and Overseer Elected 

Effective this October, Lasell College 
will be welcoming three new members 
to the Board of Trustees and one new 
member to the Board of Overseers. 

Board of Trustees 

Keith D. Bilezerian 

is a partner in the 
Employee Benefits 
Department of 
McDermott, Will 
& Emery's Boston 
office. He counsels 
clients on the 
design, adoption, and ongoing opera- 
tion of tax-qualified retirement plans. 
A significant part of his work involves 
advising tax-exempt entities, including 
hospitals, health plans, and educational 
institutions on matters such as interme- 
diate sanctions compliance and executive 
compensation arrangements. 

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, 
he received his Juris Doctor, magna 
cum laude, from the New England 
School of Law and his Master of Law 
(in taxation) from the Georgetown 
University Law Center. 

For more than 30 
years, Dwight Massey 
worked on Wall Street 
with a commodity 
merchant /broker 
firm, of which he 
was part owner. 

His business took him to many coun- 
tries in both the northern and southern 
hemispheres. After selling his interest, 
he retired and bought into a local invest- 
ment advisory firm in Ridgewood, NJ. 

A graduate and current member of the 
Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute 
of Technology, NJ, he continued on to 
New York University where he earned 
an M.B.A. degree. He served three 
years as a Lieutenant in the Navy's 
Civil Engineer Corps at the end of the 
Korean War. 

Mr. Massey is married to Jo-Ann Vojir 
Massey '51, a member of the Lasell 
Board of Overseers. 

Adelaide Shaffer 
Van Winkle 

'36/H'96 is 
a woman who has 
set many unusual 
precedents as a 
trailblazer for 
women in business. 
From 1971-1994, she was president of 
the real estate firm of Louis W Shaffer. 
She has achieved many firsts in her life- 
time, among them being the first 
woman president of the New Jersey 
Association of Realtors and the only 
woman to have been a director of the 
Garden State National Bank. 

She has always shared her talents with 
Lasell. In 1991, she became a member 
of the Board of Overseers and was one 

of the original members of the Heritage 
Society. She has been an active alumni 
leader of Lasell for years and, in recog- 
nition of her service to the College, she 
received the Lasell Medallion in 1971. 
She was a generous contributor to the 
Lasell 150 Campaign and the Campaign 
for Bragdon. For her constant support 
of Lasell, Van Winkle Hall was named 
for her in the fall of 1996. 

Board of Overseers 

[Joan Deshefy 
Patenaude '57 
worked in medical 
technology doing 
! cancer research at 
the University of 
Throughout the 
years, she has been involved in many 
community and organizational leader- 
ship roles, and presently serves as Vice 
President on the Executive Board of 
Friends of Hospice in Stuart, Florida. 

Mrs. Patenaude and her husband, 
Dean, have traveled extensively around 
the world. They are the parents of three 
children and have seven grandchildren. 

Board of Overseers Role Changes 

During the past academic year, the 
Committee on Trustees has undertaken 
a review of the role of the Board of 
Overseers. "We want to make the role 
of an Overseer more meaningful," said 

Committee Chairman Alan Robbins. 
"We hope that Overseers will get 
more involved in the day-to-day life of 
the College." 

To that end, there have been some 
significant changes relating to the 
Board of Overseers. On Wednesday, 
June 23rd, the Committee on Trustees 
held its first annual meeting for the 
Board of Overseers. At that meeting, 
Overseers were provided with a report 
of the "State of the College" by President 
de Witt, and a review of trustee issues 
by Chairman Erik Stapper. For the first 
time, officers were elected to serve 
two-year terms. Robin Parry, who has 
been an Overseer since 1999, was 
elected Chairman, Helena Hartnett, 
former Lasell dean for External Affairs, 
was elected Vice Chairman, and Jackie 
Hoffmeier Lard '68 was elected 
Secretary. The Chairman of the Board 
of Overseers will serve ex officio on the 
Board of Trustees. The first charge of 
the new team of officers is to draft 
a new Mission Statement and Overseer 

Chairman Parry hopes that more 
Overseers will serve on standing 
committees of the Board of Trustees 
and get more involved in issues facing 
the College. The next meeting of the 
Board of Overseers will be on Monday, 
October 4th. This new leadership will 
undoubtedly energize the Board and 
contribute to the vitality of Lasell. ¥ 

2 Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 


Leading Television Medical Correspondent Addresses Students and Their Families 

Dr. Timothy Johnson Urges Graduates 

to Be Open to "TBA" Moments of Opportunity 

And so they were, as he urged his 
audience to stay open to "TBA moments 
— the 'to be announced moments in 
one's blueprint of life" in which no 
planning or forethought can prepare 
one for the rich opportunities that can 
present themselves. 

"I know from having sat in your kind 
of seat many times that you are thinking 
not so much about the past years and 
life at this moment, but about your 
future. You have a blueprint of some 
sort in your mind and here is what I'd 
like you to think about. I guarantee that 
you have really no idea what your life 
has in store for you. Four years from 
now, you will look back and be totally 
surprised. I urge you, in your blueprint 
of life, leave very large spaces marked 
TBA — to be announced." 

Dr. Johnson offered short, personal 
stories to illustrate his 'TBA philosophy 
of life, including a recounting of a trip 
to an Indonesian rural hospital he, as a 
medical student, took with his wife, 

Dr. Timothy Johnson speaks about the surprises the future will hold. 

More than 1500 families and friends 
stood, cheered, whistled, and hooted as 
the 208 capped and gowned Lasell 
College graduates processed across 
Taylor Field and took their places under 
the multi-spired tent during Lasell's 
149th commencement. 

Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC television's 
medical correspondent, addressed 
the about-to-be graduates with words 
of wisdom that, he promised, would 
be brief. 

where a chance encounter with an 
18-month-old abandoned baby led the 
couple to adopt the child. 

"Just like that, we made that decision. 
Because we were willing to be open to 
that opportunity - never planned for 
or anticipated - we have had great joy 
throughout the rest of our lives." The 
Johnsons' son is now 37 years old, and 
he and his wife have one child, the 
Johnsons' first grandchild. 

"You will be amazed how many of those 
TBA moments are scattered throughout 
your blueprint. 

"Be open to those moments. Let 
your gut lead your head at those times, 
because this may be an opportunity 
that will never come along again." 

Dr. Johnson's daughter, Kiplee is a 
graduate of Lasell College, and the good 
doctor made mention of his affection 
for Lasell. W 

Master's Degree from Lasell 
Makes Higher Learning Attainable 

Por Lasell Village Executive 
Director James Wingardner, earning 
a master's degree has been a 
lifelong dream. "But with a full-time 
job and a young family, it didn't 
seem to be a viable possibility," 
he says. 

Then, two years ago, Lasell College 
launched its unique graduate 
program that offers a Master of 
Science degree in Management 
with concentrations in Elder Care 
and Marketing. 

Jim Wingardner 
knows an opportu- 
nity when he sees 
one. It was right up 
his alley — literally 
and figuratively. 
"The program is 
designed for work- 
ing professionals," 
he explains. "It's 
designed for people 
like me in mind." 

On May 16, Jim and classmate Bonnie 
Chan marched up the aisle during Lasell's 
149th commencement ceremonies to 
If JH| accept their 
Master of 
degrees in 
with a con- 
in Elder Care. 
The two are 
the first to graduate from the nascent 

"Going back 
to the class- 
room after 
25 years, 
which was 
when I 
New Hampshire University, was interest- 
ing," says Jim, who had to reacclimate 
himself to being a student. "It was a lot 
of work and required me to be away 
from my family more than usual. But the 
most amazing thing for me was what my 
kids got out of it. I'd come home from 
classes and my children - Josh, who is 
to, and twins Rebecca and David, six — 
would ask me if I did my homework! 
They could relate in a wonderful way." 

The program took Jim 18 months to 
complete, working full time at the 
Village, and taking courses offered in 
the evening. "The highlights for me 
were the courses in elder care and the 
opportunity to learn so much new 
material, but also to meet new people 

from all segments of the elder care 
industry in Massachusetts, including 
those who run senior centers and 
organizations who work with the 
less fortunate. Graduate school 
changed my perspective, absolutely. 

"There are so many seniors out 
there whose needs are not being 
met. Staying even and maybe even 
ahead of the need is where the 
challenge in this industry lies. It's 
interesting," Jim muses. "Countries 
that have huge senior populations 
don't go to war. They have to spend 
the money taking care of their own." 

But beyond the diploma that says 
Master's on it, Jim's reward was 
when he processed back from the 
podium with his hard-earned degree 
in hand. "I made eye contact with 
my kids and it was so wonderful, 
they were so proud and so happy. 
It's an image I'll never forget." W 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves \ 

Special ISSUe See How They Run 

Institutional Advancement—Connecting Lasell to its Constituencies 

It is, in many ways, the glue that 
binds the College together, bringing 
younger and older alumni into contact 
with each other; providing opportunities 
to showcase faculty, staff, and programs 
to the media, helping grateful alumni to 
give back to the institution that helped 
form them with gifts to the Annual 
Fund as well as donations towards 
bricks and mortar that positively alter 
the landscape of Lasell. 

The responsibilities of Institutional 
Advancement include alumni relations, 
institutional and media communica- 
tions, Web design and implementation, 
major gifts, phonathons and Annual 
Fund solicitations, gift planning, and 
corporate and foundation grant writing, 
applications, and procurement. 

Faculty and staff with new and 
interesting ideas for education-based 
initiatives go to IA for assistance in 
identifying funding sources that help 
bring their education-focused dreams 
into reality. These grant writing 
collaborations have yielded valuable 
corporate and foundation support for a 
variety of initiatives as well as providing 
funding to create and bolster Lasell's 
technology infrastructure and support 
faculty development. 

"Our task is to coordinate the College's 
comprehensive and continuous effort to 
advance the mission of the institution," 
explains Ruth Shuman, IA's Dean. 
While enhancing the quality of the 
institutional environment, the Office of 
Institutional Advancement encourages 
efforts by all members of the campus 
community to support and strengthen 
the financial foundation of the College. 

"In addition to managing a team of 
nine incredible professionals, as Dean, 
I have responsibility for neighbor 
relations and board development," says 
Ruth, who adds the title of community 
Ombudsman to her list of charges. 

The Office of Institutional Advancement 

works closely with Lasell's president, 
its faculty, staff, and alumni to help 
broaden the levels of institutional 
awareness and philanthropic support 
on a regional and national basis. 
President de Witf s annual trips through- 
out the country, to meet with donors, 
and keep them informed about the 
College's forward trajectory, are planned 
and coordinated through the Office of 
Institutional Advancement. 

a new "Trustee Handbook," developed 
an orientation for new trustees, and 
held the first annual meeting of the 
Board of Overseers. 

Institutional Advancement for Lasell 
College is composed of four discreet 
but closely allied departments: 

The Office of Alumni Affairs 

"When I came to Lasell nine years ago, 
I was seeking a job where I could be free 
to try new things and have an enjoyable 
time along the way," says Karen Gill, 

while the College was undertaking its 
first major comprehensive capital 
campaign. And, because of the excellent 
preparation, the Lasell Annual Fund 
didn't miss a beat, but actually increased 
during the first years of coeducation and 
the Lasell 150 Campaign. As the director 
of Annual Giving, I am responsible for 
raising more than $500,000 to help 
offset Lasell's current operating expenses. 
Every area of the College benefits from 
this support. 

Lee Goldstein, assistant director of 

(L to R) Emily Alter, Karen Gill, and Jeanne Johnsen '72 take just a minute to smile 
for the camera. 


The Dean also works closely with Gretta 
Arnold, executive assistant to the presi- 
dent, to help identify potential members 
of the Board of Trustees and Board of 
Overseers. Together they recently created 

director of Alumni Affairs. "I found it 
here," she states happily. "My job is to 
keep alumni connected to the College 
and with each other, and to offer stimu- 
lating, educational and social events that 
promote those connections. This keeps 
Lasell a viable and vibrant place, and I 
love the challenges that come from that." 

With the advent of technology, much 
of what used to be done with pen and 
ink and index cards has become digital, 
enabling the College to connect with 
alumni through email and over the Web, 
on, the dynamic 
online community. 

"We plan events for alums, organize 
and implement reunion weekend, work 
with the alumni Board of Management, 
and I also write the class notes section 
of LEAVES," says Emily Alter, assistant 
director of Alumni Affairs. "And I love 
working with the alums - especially since 
so many of them are dedicated, enthusi- 
astic, creative, and just great people." 

The Office of Annual Giving 

Noni Linton, director of Annual Giving, 
arrived at Lasell seven years ago. "I was 
hired in the fall of 1987, a few days after 
the Trustees voted to become coeduca- 
tional, beginning in the fall of the next 
year. Lasell's attraction for me was the 
challenge of running an annual fund 
during the transition to coeducation 

Annual Giving, has been at the College 
for three years and really appreciates 
"the communication between depart- 
ments and offices and the feel of a 
relatively small campus. It's a fantastic 
place to learn and grow," she says. 

"My main responsibility is supervising 
the student Annual Fund Phonathon. 
Having such close connections to the 
student population is really rewarding. I 
also assist with Senior Class Gift efforts, 
and have recently been involved with 
grant research and writing. 

Communications/Publications and 
Public Relations 

"Lasell is no sleepy little college," says 
Fran Weil, director of Communication, 
who oversees the writing and publica- 
tion of LEAVES and the Annual Report, 
produces online newsletters for the 
Alumni office and Athletics, supports 
offices of the college with publicity and 
marketing strategy, and also serves as 
Webmaster for the College's Web site as 
well as that of Lasell Village. 

"When I got here in 1992, I thought 
of it as the little college that could. 
And boy, could it ever! At Lasell, as 
director of Communication for 12 
years, I have experienced, firsthand, 
the breathtaking transformation and 
vitality of this institution." 

Serving as the Assistant Director of 
Communications for three-and-a-half 
years, Phyllis Taylor is the vital other 
half of the Communication team, 
serving as campus photographer, 
copywriter, and production manager 
for all the College's publications as 
well as making sure that graduates and 
honor students get their moment in 
the sun through news releases to home- 
town papers. 

"Things move very quickly in our 
department. Deadlines are our way of 
life," Phyllis laughs. 

Major Gifts 

Cathy Black, the Director of Campaign 
and Gift Planning, has been overseeing 
the $5 million, two-year new Bragdon 
building campaign. She's also responsible 
for expanding the gift annuity program, 
identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and 
stewarding alumni, parents, friends, and 
Lasell Village community residents 
interested in making campaign and 
planned gifts, and coordinating 
campaign cultivation events for the 
general alumni constituency. 

"Reconnecting with and exciting 
alumni about Lasell who may not have 
been in the know about how fabulous 
an institution this has become, is so 
rewarding," she says. "There is also a 
wonderful overlap among alumni rela- 
tions and fundraising — 'friendraisers' 
and 'fundraisers' — it is so important to 
have that and I haven't often seen that 
so well integrated at other institutions 
where I've worked." 

Continued on page 5 

(L to R) Lee Goldstein and Noni Linton. 

Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

Special ISSUe See How They Run 

(L to R) Fran Weil and Phyllis Taylor. 


Continued from page 4 

Office Support Services 

In an office that has an amazingly 
low employee turnover, it is Director of 
Support Services Jeanne Johnsen '72 
who, with nearly 32 years at Lasell, holds 
the record for the longest tenure in IA. 

"The easiest explanation of what I do 
is office manager," says Jeanne, who is 
the essential go-to person for everyone 

in IA. "My main tasks are processing all 
donations and managing the database 

— and basically making sure the office 
is taken care of," says Jeanne — though 
her colleagues, who flock to her with a 
myriad of operational concerns and 
requests, think of her as nothing less 
than indispensable. 

For Jeanne, the magic of technology 
has had a huge impact. "We used to 
record donations and addresses for all 
alums with a typewriter, on 3 x 5 cards! 
What a difference to be able to record 
all the information we need with a few 
keystrokes on the computer. And how 
amazing that a simple keystroke can 
retrieve as much information as we 
need," she says. 


Joan McGrath is the stewardship officer 
and development assistant who, through 
her efforts, threads the work of the four 
departments into the one strong and 
resilient fabric that is uniquely IA. 

"The Office of I A connects and commu- 
nicates with its broad constituency base 

— building strong, ongoing relation- 
ships with alumni, donors, and friends 

of the College, and building participa- 
tion in and support of Lasell's programs 
and educational initiatives," says Joan. 
"Being involved with development and 

working with the alumni in the Office 
of Institutional Advancement has been 
very exciting during the three years I 
have been at Lasell." W 

(L to R) Dean Ruth Shuman, Joan McGrath, and Cathy Black look over donor reports. 

Reunion Weekend 

The Life of the Party 

The IA team reviews Reunion details. 

#\t Lasell, as at most colleges and 
universities, reunion is an annual 
'big deal,' requiring an all-hands-on- 
deck approach by the Office of 
Institutional Advancement, and 
literally hundreds of hours of 
planning, preparation, organization, 
and coordination. 

With a full schedule designed to 
resonate with fun, nostalgia, and 
entertainment, the IA team works to 
ensure that each year's event offers 
the requisite payload: a unanimously 
contented core of alumni reliving 
their joyful past and reinvigorating 
their present through renewed 
friendships, rekindled acquaintances, 

and Lasell serving as the rich-with- 
memories experiential stillpoint. 

"We work hard to get the highest 
attendance per reunion, because 
connected and engaged alums are 
vital to what makes Lasell such a 
special and vibrant institution," says 
Alumni Affairs Director, Karen Gill. 
Maximizing memories is her stock 
and trade. 

"Our planning begins pretty much 
the morning after a reunion is com- 
pleted," she explains. "Each year 
boasts a different theme that 
requires the setting up of dates and 
arranging of calendars, reserving 
campus space, and coordinating with 
other departments of the college, 
including Buildings and Grounds, 
Acedemic Affairs, and food service." 

A reunion committee is formed to 
oversee the entire process under the 
guidance of the Office of Alumni 
Affairs. Once the dates and program 
of events are set, the next task is to 
design, print and mail announce- 
ment postcards, invitations, and 
reminder postcards and plan 
for their periodic distribution so 
alumni are kept informed about 
the upcoming events. 

Promoting each reunion also hap- 
pens by way of articles in the Lasell 
LEAVES, and on the College's online 
community, at 

"There are lots and lots of details 
required to make a reunion event 
truly wonderful," says Emily Alter, 
the assistant director of Alumni 
Affairs. Karen and Emily have a 
checklist that numbers well over 
10 pages. 

Waves of reservations for all reunion 
weekend events come in by mail, 
phone, fax, and on the Web, as do 
ticket orders and credit card pay- 
ments to secure a space in all the 
goings-on. Fulfillment involves 
serious back-office supervision and 
administration, ably handled by IA's 
Director of Support Services, Jeanne 
Johnsen '72. 

"The highlight of all of the reunions 
is the feeling of electricity, which is 
generated when old friends and 
classmates reconnect after many 
decades," says Karen. "I often hear 
the comment, 'I can't believe I wait- 
ed so long to return for a reunion. 
Now I can't wait until we meet 
again!' To me - that" s the best suc- 
cess there is." ^ 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves } 

Connected Learning 

Connected Learning Symposium 
Showcases Value of Learning by Doing 

By Jim Ostrow, Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Jim Ploski '05 presents at the Honors Course Components session. 

I feel like I have done something 
important." That is what an undergradu- 
ate student told me during an interview 
assessing the value of her connected 
learning project, in which she helped to 
produce a "Living Documents" CD for a 
Lasell Village resident. 

As I think back on the various sessions 
and exhibitions, the notion of "doing 

something important" as a catch 
phrase for academics at Lasell College 
rings true. 

In an impressive showcase, Symposium 
participants led a Charles River cleanup 
or told stories of constructing new 
wood stoves for families in rural 
Mexico; debated government controls on 
pharmaceutical companies or reported 

on internships in local police depart- 
ments; displayed and examined the 
works of children's book authors or 
reflected on their production of a 
children's fashion show; exhibited 
original designs for national tourism 
Web sites or demonstrated an account- 
ancy simulation through the playing of 
monopoly; calculated building heights 
using trigonometry and calculus or 
performed songs of 20th Century 
composers; reported on the results of 
graduate-level research comparing 
different models of retirement living 
or showcased the different sections of 
Web-based portfolio dossiers of academic 
work; read original love poems or 
produced poster-board displays on gun 
laws, original dress designs, or ethnic 
cookbooks; demonstrated strength 
training "lifts" with free weights or 
analyzed the consequences of specific 
chronic health conditions on exercise 
regiments; planned the first annual 
Lasell Arts Festival or, indeed, provided 
professional-level consultation to me on 
promoting the Symposium. 

These students showed that they were 
learning subject-matter by doing work 

that mattered to them, or work having 
significance that persists beyond simple 
"performance" for a course. 

Higher education should, in the 
final analysis, prepare graduates for 
the contributions they can make in the 
world — for leading professional and 
civic lives of rich and lasting value. 
Our educational philosophy of 
connected learning takes this mission 
seriously through the very ways our 
faculty ask students to learn - by doing 
work that feels important, that is impor- 
tant. This year's Connected Learning 
Symposium celebrated the fruits of 
this philosophy. W 

Tarah Martell 'oj explains how her designs 
reflect places in Italy. 

What a Week It Was 

What a Week It Was 

Broad Variety of Projects and Experiences Shown from April 20-24 

make as much as $80 a dav. "I think the Display, hired me as a project coordinator. As is traditional, the < 

Ben Reiffen '06 displays his talent on the sax. 

Sounds of a wavering saxophone drifted 
into the halls of Winslow during presen- 
tations on Non- Verbal Communication 
given by members of Professor Diane 
Donatio's class. "Does anyone recognize 
this tune?" asked Ben Reiffen '06, as 
he changed his reed and went on to play 
the "Jeopardy" theme song. Ben compos- 
es his own tunes and writes lyrics, then 
tests them in the subway, where he can 

make as much as $80 a day. "I think the 
saxophone speaks of the urban culture 
of America," he reflected. 

In a special session on internships, 
seniors looked back on what they had 
learned from their experiences. Fashion 
Merchandising major Amber King '04 
recalled, "I phoned every day for two 
weeks until I got an internship at the 
Bose Corporation in Framingham." 
Her persistence paid off, and she 
became a member of one of Bose's 
visual merchandising teams. 

"I learned some valuable lessons there," 
Amber recalls. "I discovered that I had 
to stay on top of things, particularly if it 
meant rolling out a holiday promotion 
in two weeks. I also found out things 
about myself. I now know that I don't 
enjoy the hustle and bustle of corporate 
America. I'm too emotional. I like to 
take time to interact with people. 

"Because of my internship, I landed a 
job for myself after graduation. To be a 
fashion major and go into the electron- 
ics industry looked great on my resume. 
One of Bose's leading vendors, Cahill 

Display, hired me as a project coordinator. 
Although I'll be part of corporate 
America, I'll be wearing jeans to work." 

"My father told me, 'Get a job after 
graduation,'" said Richard Dorval '04. 
"I went into my internship with the idea 
of gaining real experience. What I got 
was a dose of corporate politics. I worked 
hard, learned the value of customer 
service, and really liked what I was doing. 
Then, out of the blue, I was phoned and 
told, 'You're not coming in today. In fact, 
we may be shutting down." 

As is traditional, the end of Symposium 
Week was highlighted by the Lasell 
Fashion Show, which this year was 
titled "Past, Present, and Future: 
A Fashion Odyssey." The stunning 
student-designed set of the Boston 
Public Gardens was a fitting background 
for the 22 fashion design seniors who 
presented their collections on Saturday 
night, making it one of the largest 
shows in Lasell's history. ^ 

Against the backdrop of the Boston Public Garden, fashion students prepare for the show. 

Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

Connected Learning 

Collaboration was the Key 

Business Career Fair Great Success 

(L to R) Molly Merchant '04, Professor Rick Frederics, and Director of Career Services 
Marie Smith were the team that made the Career Fair happen. 

Very impressive!" wrote one of the 
employers on her evaluation of the 
School of Business and Information 
Science Career Fair, held on April 15. 
If she'd known of the Herculean 
organizational efforts of Molly Merchant, 
senior accounting major, Rick Frederics, 
chair of the Business Program, and 
Marie Smith, director of Career Services, 
the employer's opinion would have 
climbed even higher. 

This fall, Molly attended a job fair at 
Bentley College and thought, "We need 
to do this at Lasell!" Not one to let the 

germ of an idea be dropped, in January 
she organized a meeting with Marie 
Smith and Professor Frederics. "It had 
been four years since the last Career 
Fair at Lasell," explains Marie, "and 
because of Molly's enthusiasm and 
dedication, we decided to go ahead 
and hold one in April." 

"It turned out to be a 24-hour-a-day 
undertaking, but it was an incredibly 
good experience and a team effort," 
recalls Molly. "It was Connected 
Learning and more. Pulling people 
together required a lot of emails and 

phone calls and it was strange assigning 
tasks to professors. Nerissa Tucker '05 
helped create posters, Colette Kveraga 
'04 helped me call companies, and 
Professor Donatio's PR & Advertising 
class provided ideas and prepared signs." 

When the day of the fair arrived, Molly 
was standing at the doors of de Witt 
Hall to make sure that the students who 
attended were dressed properly. "Students 
need to learn how to work a job fair and 
their appearance and preparation reflects 
back on the College. I want to get Lasell's 
name out there so that next year more 
companies will want to attend." 

"We had 20 companies accept our 
invitation to participate in the fair," says 
Marie. "And the majority of students 
who attended were seniors and juniors. 
As of May 1st, 10 students were contact- 
ed for interviews. One had received a 
job offer and another was selected for 
an internship position." 

Before searching for internships, all 
Business majors must take a one-credit 
seminar course that prepares them 
for the process. For 14 weeks, Marie 
meets with these juniors and seniors, 
developing resumes, discussing inter- 
viewing techniques, and helping them 
learn how to network. 

"We also set up opportunities for 
videotaped mock interviews with faculty 
and staff volunteers from across the 
campus," explains Marie. "Most 
students dread it, but they learn a lot. 
They have to find an interesting job 
in the paper and prepare to answer 
questions for the interview. It puts 
them in a realistic situation where they 
can develop confidence in themselves 
and be able to look the interviewer 
in the eye." 

Thanks to everyone's efforts and the 
successful collaboration of departments, 
a floor plan is in place for next year's 
fair. With Professor Frederics' support, 
Molly applied the management princi- 
ples learned in the classroom to produce 
the event that benefited the College and 
fellow students. "I'm not going to let it 
die," exclaims Molly. "I'll be back, no 
matter what." 

"Molly did a great job of undertaking 
a project and seeing it through to 
fruition," says Professor Frederics. 
"She represented the College well and 
I am very proud of her and what she 
accomplished. I am also pleased that all 
her efforts were acknowledged with a 
Business Book Award." (see page 13) W 

Students and College Employees 

English/Spanish Tutoring Program Initiated 

5he's the best teacher ever!" exclaims 
Josias Lainez, who assists in Lasell 
Village's kitchen. Since December 2003, 
he has been working to improve his 
English reading and writing skills with 
Samantha Billington '06, an Early 
Childhood Education major. In a pilot 
program, the two were paired by 
Elena Garcia, Lasell's Massachusetts 
Campus Compact (MACC) Americorps* 
Vista volunteer and Maryanne Conroy- 
Miller, general manager, Sodexho 
Campus Services. 

"There are many non-English speaking 
employees at Lasell," explains Maryanne, 
"and bettering their language skills 
benefits everyone. By helping them with 
English, their basic life skills improve, 
they can communicate better with 
customers, and they can then be given 
better jobs with higher pay and an 
improved quality of life." 

Samantha and Josias started working 
together in December. "I've always 
known that I wanted to be in education," 
says Samantha, "and when I learned of 
this opportunity, it seemed a perfect way 
to expand my teaching skills. When we 
work together I use techniques and 
strategies I have learned from my 
education classes." 

The two meet twice a week at the Village. 
"At first Josias was hesitant and shy, and 
if s been wonderful watching his confi- 
dence grow. He picks things up quickly. 
We're working on his reading and 
writing, but this has made him speak 
better as well." 

In El Salvador, Josias had not been able to 
finish high school. "I've been in the States 
for almost four years and I was so pleased 
to find out that I could get assistance from 
the place where I work," he says. 

Josias Lainez reads aloud to Samantha Billington '06. 

There is a look of concentration on his 
face as he and Samantha read together. 
"We're working on parts of speech, and 
there are a lot of good adjectives in the 

book we're currently reading," she ex- 
plains. Beneficial, advantageous, helpful, 
and nurturing are a few adjectives that 
describe this new tutoring program. ¥ 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves 7 

Connected Learning 

Two Non-Profit Organizations Benefit 

Graduate Students Get Hands-On Marketing Experience 

(L to R) Trina Green 'oi/'o^ and Cheryl Staskawicz '05 review their marketing strategy. 

Creative ideas were crackling this June, 
as the five graduate students enrolled 
in the Summer Session I Marketing 
Communications course busily prepared 
their final marketing presentations for 
two local non-profit organizations. "Six 
weeks is a short period of time to come 
up with a complete plan, but things came 
together," says Cheryl Staskawicz '05. 

Both the Elder Care and Marketing con- 
centrations were represented in the 
class, as the students split into two 
groups. Three worked on a plan for the 
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, located 
in Sharon, Massachusetts, and two 
worked on a project for the Community 
Living Network (CLN) in Newton. 
This organization provides affordable 

housing for the elderly and is in the 
process of refurbishing the Pelham 
Street House, a former nursing home. 

"We started by talking with the people 
at Moose Hill and found they were 
very well prepared," recalls Heidi 
Wallner '05, who is Director of Activities 
at Lexington Health Care Center. "They 
felt that there were four or five areas 
that needed work, including getting the 
word out, creating a bigger volunteer 
pool, increasing membership, and 
drawing more people to their events. 

"The more our group talked, the more 
creative we found we could be. It's the 
first marketing plan I've worked on and 
it was a challenge. We put our energy 
into creating posters for Moose Hill's 
Garden Pond Tour, creating member- 
ship flyers, and compiling a list of area 
colleges and churches that might serve 
as a source for volunteers." 

Cheryl Staskawicz '05 and Trina Green 
'oi/'o5 took on the project of giving 
CLN's Pelham House a brand to fit its 
new image. The facility was gutted, is 
currently under construction, and is 

scheduled to reopen in 2005 as an 
"enriched senior living house." 

"We looked at their needs and came 
up with a marketing mix that included 
redoing their home Web page, design- 
ing a brochure for donors, and issuing 
press releases," says Cheryl. The duo 
discovered that completing this volume 
of work for a client in such a tight time 
frame was more work and more difficult 
than they had bargained for. They also 
found that presenting to live clients 
rather than to their professors was far 
different than their expectations. 

"Looking back, we would not change 
the quality or quantity of the work 
we did. In fact, we wouldn't change the 
experience. It was certainly an example 
of connected learning and it opened 
our eyes to what can happen in the 
business world," says Cheryl. 

"Trina and I are moving forward. 
We have created business cards and 
stationery, and we intend to work with 
other nonprofits and create plans that 
will benefit their organizations." ¥ 

Young Students Arrive on Campus 

Lasell Hosts "Kids to College Day" Twice 

At the Athletic Center, the students from Newton's Mason Rice School are all smiles. 

Excited young voices filled the air this 
spring when, on two separate days, stu- 
dents from the Mildred Avenue Middle 
School in Mattapan and Newton's 
Mason Rice Elementary School arrived 

on the Lasell campus. On both occa- 
sions the young students had a very full 
and fun schedule and were sad to see 
their visit end. 

The Mildred Avenue "Kids to College 
Day" took place on March 4, 2004, but 
it neither started nor ended on that day. 
Prior to March 4th, Lasell College MACC 
Americorps * VISTA Elena Garcia, 
student coordinator Susannah Hill '04, 
and several other Lasell student partici- 
pants, visited the Mildred Avenue class 
to help prepare for the youngsters' visit. 
Through them, the sixth graders were 
able to get a taste of what being a col- 
lege student is like. The students made 
business cards and spent some time 
talking about what it takes to get into 
college and why the real preparation 
actually does begin in sixth grade. 

On the morning of March 4th, the 
busload of sixth graders from Mattapan 
stepped onto the Lasell campus where 
they were welcomed by student volun- 
teers. Name tags and snacks awaited 
the excited youngsters in de Witt Hall. 

At 9 a.m., a full campus tour began and 
the sixth graders embarked on an excit- 
ing, hands-on college experience. They 
had an opportunity to visit each of the 

academic buildings, the dining hall, the 
bookstore, and the athletic center. As part 
of their tour, residents of Spence House, 
the community service residence hall, 
opened their doors to show the students 
what it is like living at Lasell. 

Then it was on to Wolfe for a question 
and answer panel. The sixth graders 
asked Lasell students a range of ques- 
tions, from what classes and professors 
are like, to what they would like to do 
after college, and why they decided to 
go to Lasell College. 

After the panel, with stomachs growling, 
the hungry group headed to the dining 
hall. Second and third helpings were 
carried into the Bragdon Room, where 
the excited chatter showed no signs of 

Everyone had fun that day. Keith Jones, 
the contact at Mildred Avenue School 
for sponsoring organization, The 
Education Resources Institute (TERI), 
said, "In one word, they described their 
experience at Lasell as 'excellent'!" '$' 


Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

Connected Learning 

Connected Learning Award Initiated 

Service Leadership Awards Dinner 

In honor of her 50th reunion, Ruth 
Paetz Braun '54 of Saginaw, Michigan, 
established "The Ruth Paetz Braun '54 
Connected Learning Awards Program 
at Lasell College." Ruth wanted to do 
something special in recognition of this 
milestone in her life and she chose an 
award that will recognize outstanding 
writing and oral presentation skills by 
undergraduate students in conjunction 
with Lasell's annual Connected 
Learning Symposium in April of each 

year. Recipients of the award will 
receive a cash prize and will be expected 
to present their projects in a special 
session at the symposium. The awards 
will be made by the Vice President of 
Academic Affairs in one or more of the 
following categories: English composi- 
tion essay, research paper, creative 
writing essay, internship written reflec- 
tion or electronic portfolio. The first 
awards will be made in April 2005. 'e 

At the May 5 dinner, Community Service Scholars were among those who received 
certificates acknowledging their year's work. 

Eight Students Travel to Northeast 
National Collegiate Honors Council 

(L to R) Tracey Moloney '04, Carla Foran '06, Jessica Knight '06, Emily Binder '04, Jim 
Ploski 'oj, Heidi Hanna '05, Anna Lisa Comunale '04, and Eric Knapp '05 take a moment 
to relax at the Northeast National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. 

For the second year in a row, Lasell stu- 
dents had the opportunity to attend the 
Northeast National Collegiate Honors 
Council Conference (NE-NCHC). This 
year's group numbered eight, and they 
traveled to Hartford where, for three days, 

they made presentations, participated 
in roundtables and poster sessions, and 
toured some of the city's historic sites. 

"Emily Binder '04, Anna Lisa Comunale 
'04, Jessica Knight '06, and Carla Foran 

'06 facilitated a very lively roundtable 
discussion on two 'nuts-and-bolts' 
challenges in all honors programs: 
honors learning (e.g. Lasell's Honors 
Components) and building community 
among Honors students," says Steven 
Bloom, dean for the School of Arts and 
Sciences and director of the Honors 
Program. "Heidi Hanna '05, Tracey 
Maloney '04, Eric Knapp '05, and 
Jim Ploski '05 made interesting formal 
presentations on 'Enhancing Learning 
through Legal Issues,' based on their 
Connected Learning Honors component 
experiences within Justice Studies 
classes. Both Lasell sessions were 
well-attended by students and faculty 
from other institutions, and both were 
extremely well-received." 

"Meeting students from other colleges, 
and getting to know each other better 
during the three days at the conference 
all added up to a great experience," 
recalls Tracey Maloney '04. "I loved talk- 
ing to people about their papers, finding 
out what they were doing, and learning 
about the different styles of colleges. 

"When it was time for me to make 
my presentation, there was a signer 
present since a student from Gallaudet 
University in Washington, D.C., where 

many are learning impaired, was in 
attendance. When I saw that the signer 
was not only keeping up with me but 
waiting for me to finish a sentence, 
I began to doubt my public speaking 
abilities," Tracey laughs. 

"While making my presentation, I 
learned a lot about time management," 
recalls Eric Knapp '05. "We wanted to 
make our session interactive and if s 
amazing how long an hour can seem." 

All agreed that being part of a group 
that included different majors and 
hearing them present a topic they had 
worked incredibly hard on gave special 
significance to the trip. "We also 
realized that our professors give us 
wonderful support. Seeing them in an 
out-of-class environment gave a whole 
new dynamic to our relationships. 
And, I learned that Professor Bloom 
is an awesome van driver," laughs 
Jim Ploski '05. 

A special thank you goes to Trustee 
Sally Andrews and Overseer Robin 
Parry for their financial support of 
this program. ^ 

America Reads Program Enhanced 

The Center for Community-Based 
Learning has been involved in mentor- 
ing and tutoring projects for many 
years. America Reads, an elementary 
school literacy-tutoring program, is one 
project that has made a difference in 
many children's lives. This year, 30 
Lasell students tutored children at the 
Farragut School in the Mission Hill 
neighborhood of Boston, the 
MacArthur School in Waltham, and the 

Metco program within the Mason-Rice 
School in Newton. The program includes 
tutor training, supervision, and twice- 
weekly tutoring. 

Center Director Sharyn Lowenstein is 
reorganizing the America Reads 
program with a stronger focus on tutor 
training and reading assessment. The 
goal is for Lasell tutors to make a deeper 
and longer lasting impact on these 

inner city youth, using the most current 
reading instructional strategies coupled 
with innovative mentoring techniques. 
Toward that end, the plan is to utilize a 
Lasell College faculty member who 
would be given up to a three-course load 
reduction over the next academic year to 
develop the program, train the tutors, 
and assess the program's impact. While 
Lasell has had an America Reads pro- 
gram for many years, this direction will 

be a significant change that will help 
student tutors assume their leadership 
roles with even more confidence and 
greater knowledge. 

The enhancement of the America 
Reads program is being made possible 
by a generous gift from Joan Weiler 
Arnow '49. ¥ 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves ^ 

Connected Learning 

Project Takes Students to Williamstown, MA 

Database Design Class Helps Genealogists 

Edward Lasell's gravestone at the Eastlawn Cemetery in Williamstown, MA. 

r\t the start of last spring semester, 
cemeteries were the furthest thing from 
the minds of students in Professor 
Richard Dodds' Database Management 
and Design class. But by the time they 
signed up for the service-learning linked- 
credit option hosted by the course, they 

were gung-ho about becoming involved 
with the headstones, monuments, and 
inscriptions of Eastlawn Cemetery in 
Williamstown, MA. 

Professor Dodds grew up and went to 
college in Williamstown. His parents 

are active in the House of Local History 
and his father was among four volun- 
teers who were updating records for 
the oldest part of Eastlawn Cemetery. 
During the summer of 2003, Lasell 
students surveyed the oldest portion of 
the cemetery and collected information 
on nearly 1,600 monuments. The next 
challenge was to figure out how to make 
the data available to the public. 

This is where the group from Lasell 
stepped in. After conferring with the 
House of Local History and town 
officials about what information should 
be included, Professor Dodds and his 
class went to work. In two phases, the 
students designed and then built a 
database in Microsoft Access to hold the 
data. Some students then made a pres- 
entation during the Connected Learning 
Symposium in April, and others drove 
to Williamstown for a presentation to 
16 town employees and volunteers from 
the House of Local History. 

"Now that we have this, I wonder how 
we ever got along without it," said 
Williamstown Parks and Cemeteries 
Superintendent Chris Lemoine. "This 
helps everybody - families doing research, 
genealogists, funeral directors." 

The database developed by the students 
may be used in the future as the basis 
for a web site that would allow users 
around the world to search for ancestors 
in Williamstown. "This is a wonderful 
thing to have," confirmed Library 
Director Pat MacLeod. "Someone doing 
genealogy and researching an ancestor 
can click it and print it in Australia." 

Professor Dodds was justifiably proud of 
his students. In an email he sent them 
at the end of the course, he wrote, "You 
have made a difference in the lives of 
people in my hometown. They thank 
you. And I thank you." 

Before the Database Management and 
Design class began work on this project, 
there was an earlier link between Lasell 
and Williamstown. Lasell College was 
founded in 1851 by Edward Lasell, a 
graduate of Williams College and 
subsequently professor of chemistry 
there. Professor Lasell is buried in the 
Williams College cemetery, which 
means that his name and information 
will appear in the database that Lasell 
students designed and built. The con- 
nection between the two communities 
continues. W 

Lasell Ties Strengthened 

Fulbright School Linkages Grant for Mexico Received 

A new dimension has been added to 
the extraordinarily successful January 
alternative service-learning break in 
Mexico. Professors Helen Alcala 
and Stephanie Athey wrote a grant 
for a new Fulbright program, the 
Fulbright School Linkages Grant. 
They were awarded $15,000, half of 
which was given to Lasell and half to 
the University of Veracruz Center for 
Languages in Orizaba. 

"The funds are intended to link projects 
between U.S. and international colleges," 
explains Stephanie. "Helen formed ties 
with the Univesity of Veracruz, Mexico 
when she received a Fulbright grant 
in the fall of 2001 and went to teach 
there." At that time, in an exciting 
cross-cultural exchange, Professor 
Tito Mata Vicencio came and taught 
at Lasell. 

The success of Helen and Tito's experi- 
ences was the germ of the idea of an 
international service-learning trip to 

Mexico that is now entering its third 
year. Each year the program has grown 
and, with the advance planning of 
Helen and Stephanie and their Mexican 
colleagues, there have been challenging 
projects for them to work on. 

"The Fulbright grant support will 
strengthen our community work, link 
fall course sessions at Lasell to Orizaba 
sessions via the Internet, and fund new 
faculty research exchange opportuni- 
ties," explains Stephanie. "We will take 
ten students to Mexico this year (they 
have already been selected), as well as 
an additional faculty member. 

"Two Mexican faculty members will 
come to Lasell, one in the fall and one 
in the spring semester. Each will be at 
Lasell for two weeks and will be using 
Boston area facilities for research." 

In the fall, a class will be held that will 
discuss the perceptions and mispercep- 

Lasell students create a jungle gym during their service trip to Mexico in Januaiy 2004. 

tions about the United States and 
Mexico. Students at the language center 
in Orizaba will be communicating over 
the Internet with Lasell. These students 
will be the home-stay hosts in January 
and, because of the class, a link will be 
formed before the Lasell students arrive. 

"The Fulbright Linkage Grant gives 
national recognition to what this 
education and service partnership has 
accomplished in just two years. Best 
of all, it invests in our future potential. 
This is a considerable honor and a 
terrific opportunity," says Stephanie. W 

I O Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

CampUS Update 

Five New Full-Time Faculty Members 
Join Lasell College 

To accommodate Lasell's expanding 
curricular needs, five new faculty mem- 
bers have joined the College's staff: 

Bradford Allen joins Lasell as Assistant 
Professor of Mathematics and Chair of 
Math/Science. He received his Ed.D. 
degree in Mathematics Education as 
well as an M.S. degree in Applied 
Mathematics from the University of 
Massachusetts, Lowell. He also has an 
M.S. degree in Operations Research 
and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from 
Northeastern. In addition to receiving 
various research awards and grants, Brad 
has published more than 20 articles in 
the field of applied Mathematics. He has 
taught Mathematics at Northeastern, 
Bendey, UMass Lowell, Keene State, 
and Florida Institute of Technology. 

Jennifer Drew is 

a familiar face to 
Lasell students and 
faculty, having 
taught sociology 
here since fall 2000. 
She received both 
her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in 
Sociology from Boston University, and 

completed her B.A. degree in Sociology 
at Indiana University, Bloomington. In 
addition to teaching at various area col- 
leges, for the past three years Jennifer 
has also been extremely active in BU's 
Prison Education Program. Jennifer has 
a wealth of research experience in both 
civil rights and criminal justice. She 
will teach both Sociology and Criminal 
Justice courses at Lasell. 

Dennis Frey received 
his Ph.D. and M.A. 
degrees in History 
from Syracuse 
University. He 
received the 
outstanding doctoral 
dissertation award from Syracuse in 
1999. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dennis 
was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universitat 
Mannheim in Germany. He earned his 
B.S. degree in History from Carnegie 
Mellon University. Dennis has taught at 
numerous institutions, including Mercer 
County Community College, Butler 
University, and IUPUI — Indiana University 
- Purdue University of Indianapolis. His 
research and publications are in the area 
of Early Modern Germany. He will be 

teaching a variety of history courses 
at Lasell. 

Martin Walsh joins 

Lasell as Assistant 

Professor of 

Management. He 

received his Ph.D. 

in International 

Investment Policy 

from Northeastern 

University, as well as an M.B.A. degree 

from Anna Maria College. He also has 

an M.A. degree in History from 

Northeastern; his undergraduate degree 

in History was earned at Calvin Coolidge 

College. Martin has taught in the 

business programs at both Northeastern 

University and Emmanuel College, and 

he has taught history in the Dedham 

Public Schools since the early 1970's 

Martin has earned various awards, 

including Teacher of the Year at 

Northeastern' s University College in 

1992. He will teach Management at 

both the undergraduate and graduate 

levels at Lasell. 

'"■^fSj Hl—. ^^, 

Brian Wardyga joins Lasell as Assistant 
Professor of Communication. He received 

his M.S. degree in Television from 
Boston University and his undergraduate 
degree in Communication Studies 
from Bridgewater State College. He 
has taught communication and media 
courses at Curry, Fisher, UMass Boston, 
and Boston University. Brian also has a 
wealth of professional experience in 
multimedia editing; he has consulted 
for software firms and has served as 
technical editor for WCVB/ABC5 and 
WLVI/WB56. In addition to teaching 
communication courses, Brian will also 
assume responsibility for launching 
and overseeing Lasell's new radio and 
television programs. 
(see page 12) It 

Dedication Held for RoseMary B. Fuss Center for 
Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies 




he KoseMary B. Fuss Cenlei Sot Research 
on Aging and Intergenerational Studies 

RoseMary and Dan Fuss enjoy the moment. 

Lasell is most fortunate to have a 
supporter as strong and enthusiastic as 
RoseMary Fuss. For 14 years she has 
lent the College her expertise and ener- 
gy, serving as a trustee of the College, 
chair of the Lasell Village trustees, chair 
of the facilities committee, and as a 

member of the College's strategic 
planning committee. 

When the Center for Research on 
Aging and Intergenerational Studies 
opened in 2001, its mission tied directly 
into RoseMary^ personal commitment 

to enhancing the quality of life for 
older adults. Knowing this, in 2003, 
Dan Fuss decided to endow the Center 
in honor of his wife. The public dedica- 
tion of the center took place on May 
14th in de Witt Hall. 

"As her husband, Dan, recognized, 
it is most fitting to name the Center 
in her honor and I do so with great 
pleasure," said President Tom de Witt, 
who presided over the dedication. 
"RoseMary has long been a special 
friend of the College and she is always 
unstinting with her generosity, time, 
and efforts." 

The Fuss Center provides technical 
assistance to College researchers, 
promotes collaborative research activi- 
ties with other institutions, hosts 
conferences, lectures, workshops and 
symposia on aging and intergenera- 
tional issues. "We have a unique 
situation with the Village and the 
benefits that occur for independent 
retired older adults as a result of inter- 
generational exchange," says Dr. Mark 
Sciegaj, Director of the Fuss Center. 

"With RoseMary's enthusiastic participa- 
tion, the Center supported "The Living 
Documents' project this past spring. 
This brought together teams of 
undergraduate Lasell College students 
enrolled in Internet Applications and 
Adult Development and Aging with 
Village residents to develop computer- 
based personal histories using both 
printed historical material and resident 
voice recordings. RoseMary strongly 
believes that creating 'Living Documents,' 
whether in book, oral history, or 
multimedia and Web format allows 
one to share his or her thoughts, 
feelings, and memories and enriches 
lives for generations to come." 

As part of the dedication program, 
H.R. Moody, Director of the Institute 
for Human Values in Aging, gave the 
inaugural distinguished lecture on 
aging. His talk was titled "Abundance 
of Life: Reaping the Benefits of the 
Longevity Revolution." ^ 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves II 

CampUS Udate 

Student Life Program Expands 

LaselPs WLCR Radio Created 

Dean Steve Bloom and Professor Brian Wardyga review the plans for WLCR Radio. 

People have been stopping me on 
campus to ask about WLCR Radio," 
beams Steve Bloom, dean for the School 
of Arts and Sciences. "It's great that 
there is so much excitement, and stu- 
dents have generated a real variety of 
ideas for programming." 

WLCR Radio grew out of a curricular 
need. "We are expanding our communi- 
cation major and its offerings by 
introducing a broadcasting track," Dean 
Bloom explains. During last spring 
semester, in a connected learning part- 
nership with NewTV (Newton's public 
access cable station), ten students took 
Basic Television Station Production. 

This semester, one course in TV produc- 
tion and one in radio broadcasting are 
being offered at Lasell. 

A new full-time professor, Brian Wardyga 
(see p. n), was hired to oversee WLCR 
Radio as well as to teach communica- 
tion courses. WLCR Radio is an 
educational enterprise that supports 
the curriculum. Students do not have 
to take a radio course in order to be 
affiliated with it. 

Cameras and new multi-media equip- 
ment were purchased for both TV and 
radio production and were installed in 
Brennan Library's Gregorian Room, 

along with a Chroma Key wall that 
allows students to paint in a back- 
ground after they've shot a video. 

WLCR Radio is Internet-based (not 
broadcast over the airwaves). Alumni 
and students can listen by using 
Internet Explorer. WLCR is installed 
right outside of Valentine Dining Hall 
with a large glass window. Anyone 
going to a meal can see the deejays at 
work. "Who knows, you might be asked 

for an on-the-spot interview," laughs 
Dean Bloom. 

As TV broadcasting grows at the 
College, classes may start taping athlet- 
ic games, lectures, and other campus 
events. In a continuing liaison with 
NewTV (Lasell is on its educational 
access advisory board), it is possible 
that WLCR Radio may broadcast 
what has been recorded on campus. 
Stay timed! * 

Schematic ofLasell's new WLCR Radio's broadcasting booth. 

Parents of Newly Enrolled Students 
Get Their Own Summer Orientation 

Incoming students listen to orientation leaders while their parents attend their own session. 

I've been meeting your sons and 
daughters these last two days, and they 
are a social group — outgoing and gre- 
garious," Dean of Student Affairs Diane 
M. Austin enthused in June to anxious 
parents who packed the auditorium in 

the Yamawaki Arts and Cultural Center. 
"Congratulations — I think!" she teased 
them. And then she proceeded to give 
parents a crash course on their new 
roles and responsibilities as parents of 
bona fide college students. 

Hosted by the Office of Student Affairs 
each summer, the Parent/Family 
Orientation is a program designed to 
help parents of newly enrolled Lasell 
students navigate through the complicated 
processes of adjusting to the new roles 
in their offsprings' lives, and of renegoti- 
ating the parent-child relationship. 

"It's a program designed to enhance 
their knowledge about the Lasell 
community, and to provide information 
about what to expect from their college- 
age children's continuing growth toward 
adulthood," says Diane. The orientation 
also helps parents prepare for the 
disorientation they often feel once the 
academic year begins and they return 
home after leaving behind their 
resident students. 

So, while newly-accepted Lasell students 
enjoyed a full schedule of activities on 
campus, parents gathered in Yamawaki 
to learn all they could about the transition 

they and their children were about to 

"We have kept your sons and daughters 
very busy," Diane told her audience. 
"I'm guessing that when you pick them 
up later, for their ride home, they may 
be chatty in the car, but many will be 
sleepy. We had much that we wanted to 
accomplish during their brief visit with 
us here. Many of them chose to stay up 
late, getting to know new friends, and 
they had an early call this morning. 

"During their visit with us," Diane 
explained, "they met with the deans of 
their schools, got to interact with the 
orientation leaders as well as their new 
classmates, and have already started the 
process of building community. 

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Jane Gray Kellogg was sorry she was 
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"My one year at Lasell was preparation 
for four years at Wellesley College," 
writes Janette Foster Storm. 

Louise Newell Audette moved from 
Connecticut to her hometown of Derry, 
NH. She lives in a house on Beaver 
Lake that her husband built in 1955. 
Despite breaking her femur in 
September, Louise is back doing 
exercises at CURVES three times a 
week. At 91, Louise still drives a car. 


Virginia Bacon Hooper turned 90 in 
July. She enjoys playing bridge and is a 
bronze life master. She still goes to 
Florida in the winter. 

"It was my 70th reunion," writes 
Marjorie Jones Joslyn. "I am a widow 
in good health with three married 
children, seven grandchildren, and two 
great-grands. I drive my own car, sing in 

the church choir, play bridge, and take 

"Wish I could be there for our 70th 
reunion," says Carol Morehouse Jones, 
"but my thoughts will be with you." 
Carol's husband died seven years ago, 
but she is blessed with four children, 10 
grandchildren, and four greats, so far. 
Two of Carol's daughters, Kathy Jones 
van Renesse '67 and Susan Jones 
O'Keeffe '76, attended Lasell and went 
on for advanced degrees. 


"Still living in New York City," writes 
Selma Amdur Heringman. "Lots of 
arthritis, but my husband and I get to 
do things, except for travel. We're lucky 
to have each other." 

Our sincere condolences to Natalie 
Bartlett Adams on the death of her 
sister, Marilyn "Jarf Bartlett Erratt '50. 

Ruth Upham Petremont and her hus- 
band celebrated their 60th wedding 
anniversary in October 2003, but we 
are sorry to report that her husband, 
Gordon, passed away this January. 
Ruth has five great-grandchildren. 


While Virginia Amesbury Stone has 

had three episodes of cancer, the latest 
medication seems to be keeping it at 
bay. An operation on her eye restored 
her vision so she's reading everything. 
Virginia says, "I'm never bored." 

Eleanor Ayers Evans feels fortunate 
to be in excellent health and able to 

care for her house 

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and garden. "I fly 
yearly to visit my 
six children, 11 
and four great- 

Our sincere condo- 
lences to Virginia 
Bartlett Gay on the 
death of her sister, 
Marilyn "Jarf 
Bartlett Erratt '50. 


"Sorry to miss our 
reunion, and I have 
missed only two in 
all these years. My 
best to all," writes 
Jeanne Daniels 
Wheeler. Jeanne 
says she is "still 

going" and thankful for that. She also 
still plays golf. 

"I regret not attending reunion," writes 
Ellen Stoll Belbruno, "but severe arthri- 
tis has made me housebound." Ellen 
keeps in touch with Kay Farnell Guay, 
Fran Shepard Pilkington, and Barbara 
Small Walsh. 

Marian Traxler Crum writes, "I am 
now living in a retirement village where 
everything is done for me, and there is 
loads of activity and fun. Old age has its 
rewards. I have two children and one 
grandson. I feel I have it all." 

Our sincere condolences to Betty 
Wallace White on the death of her 
husband, Harold. 


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Marjorie Borden Hayward welcomes 

any Cape visitors to her home in 


"Still standing," writes Ruth Bowman 


Louise Lorion DeVries says, "My hus- 
band and I have been blessed with 62 
years of marriage. We try to keep track 

of 18 great-grandchildren. My two years 
at Lasell are still dear to me." 

After 40 years in the same place, 
Dorothy Macomber Vannah moved 
to a 3-room condo in a retirement 
community in Wrentham, MA. Dorothy 
lives independently and has friendly 

Marjorie Morss Smith became a great- 
grandmother. She says, "He is the joy 
of my life." Marjorie is busy with retire- 
ment activities and cruises. 


Barbara Berkman Sherman moved to 

Lasell Village in October 2003. 

Sally Nolan Williams writes, "Of my 
18 grandchildren, only one more to 
graduate. In two years my greats will 
be graduating. Hope I will be around 
for some of them. At 81 years, I won't 
make any more reunions." 


Ann Preuss Gillerlain keeps busy with 
garden club, does horticulture therapy 
at a local nursing home, and works with 
her church archives. She also enjoys 
gardening, tennis, and golf. 


Dorothy Baum Roberson was married 
while at Lasell and celebrated her 60th 
wedding anniversary last October. She 
has two children. Dorothy spends win- 
ters in Florida and summers in Maine. 

Gloria Boyd Major-Brown had hoped 
to come to reunion, but despite a 
successful knee operation she is still 

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limited in getting around. She says, 
"I shall be thinking of all of you and 
hoping for perfect weather." Gloria did 
enjoy a trip to Mexico with her daughter 
and grandson. She celebrated her 8oth 
birthday with them at their home in 
Santa Barbara, CA. 

An update from Priscilla Breck 
Mitchell-Mosley: "My husband died 
in 1999 after a long illness. I then 
married our former minister in 2001. 
Together we have six children and 13 
grandchildren. We winter in Georgia 
and summer in Nova Scotia." 

"I have joined the cane brigade part- 
time, but still made it to our 60th," 
writes Jean Campbell. Congratulations 
to Jean for winning the Lasell medallion 
(see Alumni News and Events in this 
issue of Leaves.) 

"I have 12 grandchildren and four great- 
grandchildren and enjoy visits from 
them all," writes Gloria Clifford Gifford. 

Jeannette Jones Mcintosh says retire- 
ment is okay. She enjoys the outdoors, 
photography, and visiting daughters, 
grandchildren, and great-grands. 

Claire LeComte Roy is thankful for each 
new day with her husband and family. 
She says, "May our 60th reunion be a 
happy one. Regards to everyone." 

Frances Pariseau Ouellette celebrated 
her 50th wedding anniversary in May 
and is enjoying life. 

Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth 
Shellenback Riedy on the death of her 
husband, Thomas, in July 2003. They 
had 58 years together. Elizabeth says, "I 
am blessed with nine devoted children 
and 25 grandchildren. 

Dorothy Tobin Startler's philosophy on 
life: "Life is not a journey to the grave 
with the intention of arriving in a pretty 
and well-preserved body. Rather, if s to 
skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, 
totally worn out, and loudly proclaim- 
ing, 'Wow, what a ride!'" As reunion 
liaison for her class, Dorothy had this to 
say about the telephone calls to fellow 
alums: "We enjoyed reminiscing about 
friends, teachers, laughter in the halls of 
the dormitories, and frenetic weekends 
at boys' colleges. For a brief telephone 
moment we were bright young things 
again as opposed to bright old things. 
Hail Lasell." 


Nancy Bacon Johnson says, "We sold 
our home in beautiful New Hampshire 
and will continue to live in sunny 
Tarpon Springs, FL, where we have 
spent the last 16 years. We will still 
come back to New Hampshire for the 
summer and do a little more traveling." 

"Hopefully everyone is thinking about 
our 60th reunion coming up next year," 
writes Terry Bergeron Hoyt. "Do try to 
come. Can you believe if s 60 years!" 

In January, Priscilla Dow Brown moved 
to a retirement community in Virginia. 
She and her husband traveled to Reno 
for a national cribbage tournament. 
Priscilla writes, "Now I am hoping to 
get back to all the things I enjoyed 
years ago, like connecting with Lasell 

Shirley Gleason is still enjoying retire- 
ment. She says, "No big trips this year, 
but lots of small ones." 

Virginia Rolfe Guy spends six months 
in Tucson and six months in New York. 


Our sincere condolences to Dorrie 
Crathern French on the death of her 
husband, Arthur. 

Norma Treiberg Barnidge enjoys retire- 
ment, travel, and volunteer work. She 
says, "Our family is growing every year. 
Come November, we will be great- 
grandparents of four." 

Barbara Weeks Dow keeps busy with 
all her clubs. She says, "Never a dull 
moment." Married 47 years, Barbara is 
planning a big party to celebrate her 
80th birthday. 


Clare Dickover Hallock proudly 
announces that she is a great- 
grandparent of a baby boy. 

Joyce Hayes Whitman writes, "We 
retired to beautiful Montauk, Long 
Island, in 1988. The Atlantic Ocean 
is our neighbor." Joyce is recording 
secretary for Friends of the Montauk 
Library, reads to preschoolers, and 
helps elementary-school-age Hispanic 
children with their homework. 

Nancy Keim Doherty reminisces, 
"Fifty-seven years ago Alice Cahill 
Drown, Shirley Johnson DeRosay, 
Ruthe Powers Wlodyka, Barbara Shea 
Driscoll, Althea Thomas Sanborn, 

Jackie Riley Walsh '46, and I met in 

the Barn as Day Hops. Fifty-seven years 
later, we are still best friends who keep 
in touch regularly. We are there for each 
other through marriages, deaths of 
spouses, births, sicknesses, and even 
births of great-grandchildren. Alice, 
Ruthe, and Nancy talk daily. Barbara 
was Nancy's maid of honor. Shirley is 
a world traveler but still drives with 
Barbara to our luncheons. Althea comes 
down from New Hampshire and Jackie 
from Longmeadow when she is not 
vacationing with her husband. All this 
because of Lasell. Thank you." 

Still living in South Carolina, Lois 
Seidel Newell writes, "Enjoying my 
grandchildren who are in college in 
the south. I love receiving Lasell news." 

Jane Upton Patten is enjoying life in 
retirement with her husband and fami- 
ly. She now has great-grandchildren. 
She hopes her great-granddaughter will 
attend Lasell like her daughter, Sandra 
Perkins Jones '65. Jane says, "Hello to 
everyone in the Lasell world." 

Our sincere condolences to Joan 
Warriner Ryder whose husband, Craig, 
died in August 2003. 


Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
Davis Whipple whose husband, Scott, 
died in December 2003. 

"My line dance team won a gold medal 
in the senior games in our county," 
writes Beverly Splitt Keller. Beverly's 
third granddaughter married in June, 
and she has a i-year-old great-grand- 

Gloria Wurth Harrison still enjoys "golf, 
tennis, and travel with my hubby of 55 
years. Our six kiddos and 16 grandies, 
scattered from coast to coast, keep us 
on the move." 


Six months of every year, Jane Alford 
Grimson is part of a Christian mission- 
ary group that travels across the U.S. in 
motor homes. 

Shirley Anderson Daly was sorry she 
couldn't make reunion as she knows it 
was a big one. She still enjoys painting 
and has won a few prizes this year. 

"I live in a retirement village that I just 
love," writes Joyce Brandt Francis. "I 

spend four to six weeks in Barbados 
each winter. This was my 20th year 
there." Joyce adds, "I would love to 
return to Lasell." 

"Getting older each year," writes 
Corinne Capone McGuiggan. Corinne 
has three grandsons who have graduat- 
ed college and has three more to go. 

Our sincere condolences to Mona 
Carson Bumpus whose husband died 
of pancreatic cancer in February. 

Our sincere condolences to Pauli 
Donaldson Converse on the death 
of her husband, Mack. 

"Sorry that I cannot make the 55th 
reunion, but I have too much going on 
with family," writes Shirley Greenhalgh 
Fadley. "We are blessed with four grand- 
children, three in southern California 
and one in Texas. Best wishes for a 
wonderful reunion." 

Joan Kennedy Johnson keeps active with 
ballroom dancing, but had to give up 
cross-country skiing after a second hip 
replacement. Three of her grandchil- 
dren are in college and the fourth is in 
high school. 

Natalie Knight Rogers was unable to 
attend reunion because "its a bad time 
of year for a Hallmark manager," but 
she says hi to everyone from '49. 
Natalie hopes to cruise to Alaska again. 

Nancy Lawson Donahue had this to say 
about missing reunion, "Our youngest 
daughter is being married the same 
weekend so I am going to miss seeing 
everyone. I am happy and sad." 

While Norma Pickett Wise was visiting 
Vicky Stone Leary in California last 
September, Shirley Greenhalgh Fadley 

joined them. Norma says, "We had a 
great time looking and laughing at old 

Vicky Stone Leary still volunteers at the 
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 
California. She says, "I have three great- 
grandchildren, all boys." 

Joan Wolfe Wickham meets Gene 
Starrett Anderson four times a year. 
Joan is still consulting in real estate in 
Florida. She has seven grandchildren. 

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After returning from a cruise to South 
America, Nancy Frank Daly Marks went 
to Venice and the Greek Islands. 

"Hope to see you all next year at our 
55th," writes Joy Gustavson Smith. 

Peggy Hawes Rogers enumerated, "I 
have four children with spouses, 10 
grandchildren, and a husband who 
celebrated a big birthday." 

For the past nine years, Janice 
McGoughran has been working in the 
2nd grade as a volunteer with children 
who have reading problems. Janice says, 
"Some come from homes where the 
parents do not speak English. It is 
satisfying to see their progress." Janice 
plays golf once a week, but admits she 
is not yet ready for the LPGA tour. 

"Despite aches and pains, we are still 
golfing, dancing, and antiquing," writes 
Ruth Mount Garry. "I have five grand- 
children up north, but don't see them 
much because I can't take the cold 
weather anymore. They all visited this 
winter, which was great." 

"All is well," writes Beverly Walker 
Ward. "Our son and his wife presented 
us with an early Christmas gift - twins 
- a boy and a girl. Both are doing great." 
Beverly says her pet-sitting business is 
doing well. 


Marie Arnold Wilson enjoyed attending 
the alumni gathering in Saratoga, NY 
last fall. 

Maria Fantacci Severino divides her 
time between Greenwich, CT, and 
Florence, Italy. 

Lois Hutchinson Woodward's sixth 
grandchild was born in March. 

Due to her husband's health, Joan 
Kearney Cormay had to shorten her stay 
in Florida this winter, but he is now 
doing better. Joan saw Nancy Mitchell 
Quinn in Florida. 

Joanne Monahan Garrity had a rough 
winter with pneumonia and a heart 
attack. But, with getting a pacemaker in 
March, Joanne says, "I am better than 
I have been for five years - what a 

Bonnie Reis Doe has been taking music 
courses at local universities for the past 
few years. In 2003, a collection of her 
piano compositions was published. 
Each piece is dedicated to one of her 
six grandchildren. Another collection 
has been accepted for publication. 
Bonnie and her husband love to travel - 
especially on cruises. 

Nancy Roetting Clifford and her 

husband celebrated their 50th wedding 

anniversary last May. She says, "How 
time flies. Hope all is well for everyone." 

"I have had a year of medical problems, 
but am recovering now," writes Betty 
Lou Shattuck Musser. Betty Lou is busy 
watching her grandchildren grow - 
one is graduating college, one is a 
sophomore in college, and one is 3-1/2 
years old. 

For the past five years, Liz Trisko 
Battis has been a volunteer with the 
Washington National Opera and an 
extra in Don Giovanni. Liz and her 
husband enjoyed a square-rigger cruise 
in the Caribbean this year. 


Marjorie Dyer Hubbard says, "Life is 
great." She serves on many community 
boards, has six grandchildren, and four 

Marianna Firebaugh Burgund enjoyed 
the cocktail party and fashion show at 
the alumni gathering in Florida. After a 
bad fall, Marianna is just getting out 
again. She says, "Better each day. I look 
forward to the next alumni gathering in 
Florida in February." 

Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
Herzog Burns whose husband died 
in January after a 3-year battle with 
pancreatic cancer. Ten of Barbara's 12 
grandchildren live nearby. She says, 
"I would love to see anyone visiting 
the Atlanta area." 


Elinor Cohen Goldman's granddaughter 

will start kindergarten in September. 

Jody Humphrey Bryant lives in the Palm 
Springs area of California. She has one 
daughter and three grandchildren. 

Cynthia McCoy Fairweather occasionally 
sees Patricia Hill Adams in Maine. 
Cynthia writes, "I am enjoying 
retirement on the Maine coast in 
the summer and in Clearwater, FL in 
the winter. 

"Still in the antiques business," writes 
Elizabeth Sleight Dexter. Elizabeth 
traveled to Mexico, Sweden, Canada, 
and Florida. 

Mary Thomas Justice writes, "After sell- 
ing our home on Cape Cod and moving 
to Florida, we realize that we are New 
Englanders at heart. We plan to sell and 
relocate back home again." 

Audrey Thompson Rielle is enjoying 
her move to Florida. She and Jeanette 
Roberts Mann visited with Bunny Coats 
Stryeski, Carol D'Amato Drozic, and 
Jean DiFrancesco Ruland. 

Shirley Vara Gallerani was selected 
"Volunteer of the Month" at Falmouth 
Hospital on Cape Cod. She has been vol- 
unteering at the hospital for 2-1/2 years. 
Shirley is also president of the Falmouth 
Newcomers' Club, serves on the board 
of the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary, and 
is on the Lasell College board of corpo- 
rators. She has four children and nine 
grandchildren. She and her husband 
spend time traveling to visit them all. 

Jean Weeks Hanna loves living in 
Florida. She says, "The 50th reunion 
was great. I enjoyed seeing all my 


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"My husband and I are now 
Massachusetts residents, living in 
Wellfleet (on Cape Cod)," writes 
Nancy Atwood Cook. 

Marjorie Bell Harding is semi-retired 
from her design and decorating 
business. She has four grandchildren, 
ages 12 to 16. 

"I've been blessed with a wonderful 
husband, seven children, their spouses, 
fourteen beautiful grands, and true and 
dear friends," writes Ann Bowerman 
Logan. Ann enjoyed hearing about 
reunion from her classmates. 

Corinne Coyle Lydem says, "I am 
leading a busy life. I'm working more 
now than ever. I can't believe I've been 
driving over 53 years. I feel great but 
am high maintenance with all my pills." 
Corinne has two sons. 

"I have wonderful memories of my 
years at Lasell," writes Betty Doucette 
Palmer. Betty has lived on Cape Cod for 
the last 35 years. She has four children 
and eight grandchildren. 

Hope Duguid Dauwalter looked for- 
ward to seeing friends at reunion. She 
is married and has two children. Now 
that she is retired, she volunteers, trav- 
els, and enjoys family and friends. 

Martha Ellis Brooks is the grandmother 
of five. She still works part-time. 
Martha enjoys gardening, quilting, 
and playing piano. 

"Just moved to a new place with the 
master bedroom on the first floor 
but plenty of room for guests and 
grandchildren," writes Cynthia Fisher 
MacDonald. "We enjoy traveling, most 
recently to Costa Rica and Egypt." 

An update from Jean Frisbie Edwards: 
"I have been a private practice family 
therapist but am mostly retired. I now 
enjoy designing jewelry and marketing 
it to galleries and museum shops. I 
am married 46 years. We raised four 
children. We lost our son at age 30 in 
1995 to AIDS. No grandchildren!" 

"I am busy traveling and spending 
time with my eight grandchildren," 
says Anna-Mae George Barney. 

"I am thoroughly enjoying retirement," 
writes Faith Harvey Fisler. "I have five 
grandchildren scattered around the U.S. 
so I have fun traveling." 

Toni Hayden Durkee writes, "I am 
enjoying retirement and am busy 
with tennis, golf, garden club, friends, 
family, and five grandchildren whom 
I adore." 

Joan Hildebrandt Estey owned and 
operated a campground for 12 years. 
She is active at two churches and past 
president of both. She has been chair- 
man of the cancer crusade for three 

years in Watertown, CT followed by 12 
years on the area board of directors for 
the American Cancer Society. She has 
also been active in garden club, school 
committee, and girl-scout cookie sales. 
She has four children and six grand- 
children. She and her husband spend 
time at their homes in Watertown, CT 
and New Hampshire. 

Marian Lougee Foster and her husband 
still operate a summer bed & breakfast 
in Queensland, Nova Scotia. She spends 
her winters in Florida. Next year she is 
looking forward to a trip to Australia to 
visit her youngest son. Marian has four 

Lynn Marino Zentmaier and her hus- 
band have been married for 42 years. 
They have two married children and 
two granddaughters. 

Our sincere condolences to Meta 
Maxwell Hutchings whose husband 
died one year ago. Meta raised her 
family in Chatham on Cape Cod. 
She has three children and eight 
grandchildren. She owned a bookstore 
for 15 years. 

Mary McCulloch Bush says, "It has 
been quite a journey since graduating 
50 years ago. My husband and I have 
raised five wonderful children and have 
been blessed with 10 grandchildren. 
Life is good and busy." 

"Life continues to be busy and fun with 
our family and 13 grandchildren," writes 
Janet McElgunn Flynn. "We continue to 
travel as much as possible and especial- 
ly enjoy cruises." Janet spends winters 
in Naples, FL, and the rest of the time 
in Spring Lake, NJ. Janet was looking 
forward to seeing her classmates at 

Mary McLeman Brown writes, "Sorry I 
will be unable to attend reunion. I wish 
to say hello to my classmates in the 
pre-professional medical tech program." 

Judith Messier Howard enjoys her 
summers in Kennebunk, ME. She 
keeps busy with the activities of her 
eight grandchildren, ranging in age 
from 1 year to 18. 

Ginny Michelini Parks has been retired 
for seven years. She enjoys her large 
family and traveling. She is involved 
with community activities, organiza- 
tions, and her church. 

Ellen Miller Kadison earned her R.N. 
degree from Lasell in 1972. Her 
husband, Charles, died in 2001, 
after 46 years of marriage. Ellen has 
eight grandchildren ranging in age 
from 2 to 22. She enjoys retirement 
and grandparenting. 

"Sorry to miss my 50th reunion," 
writes Frances Mitchell Sherman. She 
continues, "My sheep are lambing, and 
I'm busy quilting and living retirement 
to the hilt. I made contact with 
classmate Elaine Budarz Wiatrowski 
after 50 years." 

"Three of my four grandchildren are 
now in college," writes Ruth Murdick 

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"My husband and children have made 
my life fulfilling," writes Ruth Paetz 
Braun. In addition, Ruth is an active 
volunteer serving on the Saginaw, MI 
Board of Education, the Michigan State 
Board of Education, and the Board of 
Saginaw Valley State University. 
Regarding reunion, Ruth was looking 
forward to renewing old friendships. 

Wendy Paul Doughty enjoyed the 50th 
and meeting old friends. She has four 
grandchildren in Colorado Springs 
and Atlanta. 

Nancy Perry Voll has been married for 
over 46 years, has three children, and 
two grandchildren. Regarding reunion, 
Nancy was looking forward to seeing 
her classmates, especially the "girls who 
lived in Draper." 

Deborah Potter Waugh was sorry to 
miss the 50th reunion, but her oldest 
granddaughter was graduating from 
college that same weekend. 

Joan Rabbitt Downey enjoys teaching, 
watercolor painting, her family, and 
four grandchildren. She says, "Our 
time vacationing in Maine is treasured." 

Our sincere condolences to Sherry Read 
Lupien whose husband of 48 years 
passed away in December 2003. Sherry 
spent February and March in Florida 
with her oldest daughter. She keeps in 
touch with Wendy Paul Doughty. 

Sara Rojas Casarella was happy to be 
back at Lasell for reunion. She says, "It 
brings back happy memories. I was one 
of a few foreign students. The faculty 
and students made me feel welcome 
and helped me enormously and gra- 
ciously. After a few years, I returned to 
the U.S. and married a wonderful 
Connecticut man. We have three chil- 
dren who have made me proud. Best 
of all, we are enjoying six marvelous 

In 1996 Marguerite Schneider Jablonski 
and her husband retired to Kennebunk, 
ME. She enjoys quilting and docent 
work. Marquerite has three children and 
four "wonderful" grandchildren. 

"Retirement is almost as much fun 
as my 43-year Harvard job," writes 
Lee Smith. Lee is busy with friends, 
activities, and family. She says, "I like 
Lasell's changes and directions." 

Judy Stone Grabar has three sons and 
one daughter. She was the executive 
director of the Cheshire Housing 
Authority for 12 years before she retired. 
Her recent travels included trips to 
Alaska and Hawaii. 

"Our oldest grandson graduated from 
Boston University the same weekend as 
our reunion so it was well-timed for 
me," says Nancy Swanson Horsfield. 
"All four of our children and the 12 
grandkids live in Connecticut or Rhode 
Island. We feel blessed to have them 
close by so they can visit often and 
enjoy the lake where we live." 

Sandra Weston Storer celebrated her 
50th wedding anniversary in March. 
She has five children and four grand- 

Pat Wilson Kane traveled to Australia 
this year. She proudly boasts, "I went 
snorkeling at age 69!" 

Helen Wood Queenan thanks Hope 
Duguid Dauwalter for encouraging 
her to come to reunion. Helen has five 
children and six grandchildren. She 
has homes in Worcester, MA, Florida, 
and Cape Cod, "so sometimes the mail 
takes time to catch up to us." 


JoAnne DiPietro DiMarco enjoyed 
another winter in her Florida condo. 
She spent three weeks in Europe last 
summer, 10 days of which were with 
her son and daughter-in-law. 

Our sincere condolences to Mary Alice 
Everett Yurko whose husband died in 

"I finally have our first grandchild, who 
is an absolute delight," writes Elaine 
Gaysunas Coppinger. "Now I under- 
stand why grandparents experience 
such pride and new happiness in their 

Judie Lanese Karazulas says hi to all. 
She is busy with work, golf, bridge, and 
six grandchildren. She looks forward to 
seeing her "roomie" and going to her 
niece's wedding in France. 

Lucille Marden Randall enjoys traveling 
to Washington and Florida. She is busy 
with her church and the Order of 
Eastern Star. She has 11 grandchildren 
and five great-grandchildren. 

"I feel blessed with eleven grandchil- 
dren and opportunities to travel and be 
part of their accomplishments," writes 
Jean Ryder Tyler. Three of her grand- 
children are now in college. 

Barbara Travis Hendrick writes, "I 
spend nine months in Gainesville, FL, 
and love it. I play lots of tennis and 
duplicate bridge. I spend summers in 
New Hampshire and do the same 
activities there." 


"I retired three years ago from my job 
of 25 years as a school secretary," writes 
Joan Conley Eid. Now Joan has time to 
babysit for two grandchildren three 
days a week. She gets to see her son, 
who is a producer in Hollywood, a few 
times a year. 

Joan Fleming Dudek writes, "I am 
active in politics, especially with the 
coming election." Joan's daughter, 
Holly Dudek Alhart '8o, continued 
her studies at Wheelock College. 

Penny Rafkin Blake had dinner with 
Sandra Lavine Kanosky. Penny says, "It 
is great having her down here in south 
Florida for more of the winter months." 

Kathryn Rohleder Oetting traveled to 
eastern Europe and took a Hawaiian 
cruise. She is looking forward to her 
50th high school reunion. 

Carole Slamin Maier and her husband 
have travel plans for Alaska and 
Portugal. Carol enjoys golf and her 
grandchildren. She would like to 
connect with alums living in northern 

Ann Tucker Lojzim and her husband 
are enjoying their new home in rural 
northeastern Connecticut. Ann says, 
"It was fun getting together with 
Lorraine Saunders and Elaine Bertini 
Roske. Ann loves her retirement from 


Katherine Knowles Wright met her 

roommate, Lynn Johnston McCabe, 

for tea. Katherine says, "She's still 

Audrey MacAdam Lowe is still skating. 
She competed in Washington, D.C. and 
New Jersey in 2003 and medalled in 
both competitions. She says, "My 8- 
year-old granddaughter is showing 
ponies. We're all healthy, active, and 

"I am still working in medical collec- 
tions, and I would love to hear from 
the girls in Hawthorne House," writes 
Myra Packer Zale. Myra's daughter is 
getting married in September. 


Linda Bailey Bolton continues to serve 
as a senior pastor. She says, "Our five 
children have blessed us with seven 
grandchildren." Linda says she is now 
on Medicare. 

Christine Bergfalk Gibson recently 
remarried and retired. 

"I am retiring at the end of the year 
after 32 years at Harvard Medical 
School, Department of Microbiology 
and Molecular Genetics," writes Susan 
Bravman Uretsky. "Both my children 
are married, and I am the grandmother 
of two." 

Joan Conradi McLaughlin enjoys skiing 
every winter weekend with her children 
and n grandchildren. She says, "I play 
bridge, tennis, and golf as much as 

"I often think about my Lasell years 
and the wonderful friendships," writes 
Christine Palluotto Gaudio. "I am in 
Boston weekly and would enjoy meet- 
ing old classmates." 


"I love living in Maggie Valley, NC 
where we are close to the beautiful 
smoky mountains and have great 
weather year round," writes Judy 
Butler Weppel. "I stay in touch with 
my roommate, Penny Wilder. Life is 
good. Love to all." 

Laurie Ferrante Cannon says, "I started 
my own business — fashion accents 
with versatility. I create and choose the 
colors as if I were painting on canvas. 
I am now in local boutique shops." 

Gail Jackson visited with Melanie Grill 
Richardson in Connecticut this spring. 

Ann Laramy Calvin is president-elect 
of Kiwanis. She says, "I love being a 
part of a service organization that 
helps the youth of our community 
and the world." Ann welcomed her 
seventh grandchild last May. She and 
her husband enjoy traveling. 

"I treasure the two years I spent at 
Lasell," writes Betsy Coulson Conrad. 
Betsy was a teacher in an elementary 
school for 27 years. She is married 
and has two children and two grand- 

Ann Douglass Wood says, "I have 
three beautiful granddaughters who 
live nearby so I can enjoy them often. 
My husband and I are living a full life." 

Louise Harrison Leader is an adjunct 
faculty member in the fashion depart- 
ment at Lasell College. 

Elizabeth Healy Shelby is looking 
forward to her 45th reunion. 

"I am enjoying my retirement," writes 
Martha Houle Walsh. "I love to travel 
and look forward to visiting my son and 
his wife who are living in Costa Rica." 

Melisse Jenkins Bailey and her husband 
have been living in Warminster, PA for 
the past 37 years. She says, "We are 
blessed to have our three children and 
their families close by. We have six 
grandchildren, ages 2 - 12." For the past 
15 years, Melisse has been managing a 
retail business. She and her husband 
enjoy traveling. 

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Class Notes 

Class of 59 cl 67 

Two Lasell College alums met for 
the first time on the Verde Canyon 
Railroad. One graduated from Lasell 
in 1959 and lives in North Carolina; 
the other graduated in 1967 and 
lives in Florida. Both were residents 
of Woodland Hall and Hawthorne 
House. (L to R) Barbara Lewis Berger 
'59 and Susan Baxter Brown '6j 

Barbara Lewis Berger reports, "I retired 
from Lockheed Martin in 1995. Since 
then I have been volunteering 15 hours 
a week at a local elementary school. We 
have three children, six grandchildren, 
and love living in eastern North 

Lyndell Mead Betzner still works for an 
engineering firm. She says, "A busy 
grandson and three granddaughters 
keep me on the go, and I love it." 

Joyce Mitchell Schrader is coming up 
from the sunshine state to visit Marion 
Heinsohn Mitchell '58, friends, family, 
three children, and 10 grandchildren. 
She says, "Just remembering their birth- 
days has become a major job in between 
selling real estate in Florida." Joyce 
admits that singing at her church, 
horseback riding, and learning golf 
keeps her out of trouble. She may 
never retire. 

Our sincere condolences to Dotty 
Risteen Klocker, whose husband passed 
away over a year ago. Dotty writes, 
"It has been difficult. My children, 
their spouses, and my five wonderful 
grandchildren keep me going along 
with all my wonderful memories of 
Craig." Dotty works part-time in an 
assisted-living facility in Salem, MA. 

"Looking forward to our reunion in 
May," wrote Carol Slocum Hulse. Carol 
enjoys six months in Florida and six 
months in Boothbay, ME. She loves hav- 
ing her 14 grandchildren visit. She and 
her husband are into visiting the 66 
lighthouses in Maine. 

Priscilla Williams Espenhain has three 
adopted grandchildren from India. 
She says, "I traveled with my son and 
daughter-in-law to pick them up, right 
after September nth. 


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To celebrate her 63rd birthday, Faith 
Bowker-Maloney toured Washington, 
D.C. with her four grandchildren. Faith 
says, "I stayed with my fantastic Lasell 
roommate, Barbara Rahner Reese. It 
was a great week." 

Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is a substitute 
teacher for grades kindergarten - 
2nd grade. She is enjoying her grand- 

"Everything is great in North Carolina," 
writes Mary Alice MacCallum Gozzi. 
"Does anyone hear from Marilyn 
Glicksman Mulhern? If you do, please 
let me know." Mary Alice has five 
grandchildren and says, "What a joy 
they are." 

Our sincere condolences to Carrol 
McKay Stephens on the death of her 
husband, Douglas, and to Valerie 
Rothman Schonborn on the death of 
her husband, Dennis. 

Linda Teich Bennett and her husband 
enjoyed a 15-day cruise to Hawaii. She 
says, "We met interesting people and 
had a great time." 

Sue York S tadtfeld is retired and looking 
forward to a slower pace, "but not too 
slow." Her two children also live in 
Massachusetts so she is busy enjoying 
all the grandkids. She asks her class- 
mates to come visit anytime. 


"Happy to announce the birth of my 
fourth granddaughter," writes Linda 
Fait York. 

Sharon Handley House enjoys connect- 
ing with members of her nursing class. 
Sharon saw Jan DeMaruh Donnan on a 
trip to Michigan, had a great visit with 
Andy Busch Niewenhous, and emails 
Penny Pattee Matthew, Andi Mayo 
Shannon, and Sue Clark Stern. 

Connie Hofberg Ford works for a 
company that supplies medical home 
health services. She has two children 
and four grandsons. 

"Still laughing and in the swim of life," 
writes Lynne Horner Martin. 

Chase Kirschner Wilson still volunteers 
as a teacher and cares for her 92-year- 
old stepfather. She went to Puerta 
Vallarta in January, Beaver Creek and 
Vail for skiing in February, and sailing 
in the Keys in March. Chase wants to 
know whether anyone knows the where- 
abouts of Marilyn Ashlock Pinzino? 

"I have recently retired from working 
for an attorney," writes Linda Leser 
Hughes. Linda enjoys gardening, 
playing bridge, and is starting her 
own party-planning business. 

Betsy Miller Gay writes, "My husband 
and I moved to Branford, CT to the 
house where I grew up. It was my 
grandparents' summer cottage built in 
1898 and looks out onto Long Island 
Sound. We are fortunate to spend our 
retirement years in such a beautiful 
location. Greetings to all in the Class 
of 1961." 

Class 0/1964 

Joan Moeller Thompson and her 

husband live in Atlantis, FL, for seven 
months and Madison, CT, for five. She 
says, "Both our children are married, 
and we are the proud grandparents 
of three." 


Our sincere condolences to Pamela 
Capuano Veek on the death of her 
husband, Arnold. 


Kathy Baker Taylor has a second grand- 
child, a girl, born in May. 

Nancy Bunn Oakes writes, "My daugh- 
ter and her husband gave me a first 
grandchild. We all live in Danville, VA." 


"I cannot believe this was our 40th," 
writes Carol Bradley Sullivan. "I was 
so glad to be able to participate. I am 
proud to be a Lasell alumna." Carol has 
been happily married for 36 years. 

Susan Coster Malsin writes, "We had 
a great reunion with Vivien Ash 
Gallagher, Claire Monahan Knox, Jan 
Slocum, and even Nancy Schneider 
Grinstead made it from Florida. I had 
a great time at Jarfs place on the Cape 
after reunion. Jinny Schmidt Panton 
joined us." 

Susan Dahlberg Tobiasson teaches art 
at Medfield High School (MA). She has 
a daughter, and her mom, now 
deceased, was Sally Swanson Dahlberg 
'35. Susan's family enjoys cruising on a 
yacht docked in Old Saybrook, CT. 

Terry Fleming Cox says, "My daughter 
will be getting married in September." 

Claire Monahan Knox continues to 
enjoy her life in north San Diego 
county where the weather is amazing. 
Claire says, "We were blessed with a 
granddaughter in August 2003. Hi 
to everyone in the Class of '64." 

"I cannot attend our reunion as our son 
will be receiving his M.B.A. from the 
University of Virginia that weekend. I 
shall miss all of you. Happy reunion to 
all," writes Linda Parmenter Goulding. 
Another of Linda's sons was married in 
Washington, D.C. in June. Linda keeps 
in touch with Carol Colegrove Walker. 

After Jane Pearson Varley retired from 
teaching, she began quilting. She now 
has a little cottage industry making 
T-shirt quilts. 

Linda Pillarella West is planning her 
retirement in 2005. Her granddaughter 
is 3 years old. 

Carole Pulaski Clark's big news: "I left 
my home of 41 years in New York City 
— right in the middle of all the mad- 
ness and exhilaration — to live close 
to my daughter, son-in-law, and my 
beloved grandbaby in Haverhill, MA." 
Carole is planning on buying a condo 
next year. 

Janet Ramsbotham Blake is assistant to 
the president in the College for Lifelong 
Learning at the College for Adults in 
New Hampshire. 

"My last 40 years have been rewarding 
as a result of my Lasell education," 
writes Jinny Schmidt Panton. 

Darlene Smith Riemer is still busy as 
an architect and is looking forward to 
her 40th reunion. She has two grand- 
daughters. Darlene's younger son was 
married in October. 

"I am in my 25th year selling real estate 
in the Belmont, MA area," writes 
Marcia Sullivan Kiley. 


Rhoda LeMay was diagnosed with 
fibromyalgia. She can no longer work 
and walks with a cane. Rhoda often 
talks with Anne DeArment Kleffel. 

Lydia Moissides Hines writes, "My 
daughter performed at Lasell Village 
this spring, just prior to her graduation 
from the New England Conservatory 
in Boston. The folks there were a 
wonderful audience." 

After retiring from TWA/ American 
Airlines with 35 years of flying, 
Marilynn Paganelli Ugalde started 
a photography business with her 
husband. She enjoys her 18-month-old 


Nancy Deveno-Pagano works as an art 
instructor in the Medfield (MA) public 
schools. Nancy says "hi" to her Lasell 
College art professors. 

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Class Notes 

Marcia Moore Reed and her husband 
enjoy traveling, sailing in the Caribbean, 
and are thrilled about becoming soon- 
to-be grandparents. 

"When I was at Lasell, I met my hus- 
band during spring break in Nassau. 
We will be celebrating our 35th anniver- 
sary. How time flies," writes Kathleen 
Moshure Johnson. 


"Besides earning a doctorate in English 
education," writes Dee Culley Davis, "I 
returned to graduate school and became 
certified as a school principal." Married 
to her husband for 34 years, Dee says 
that all four of her sons have left the 
nest to pursue their own goals. 


Gail Hitchcock Gentle loves living in 
New Hampshire with her husband, two 
steers, three horses, three dogs, and two 
cats. She continues to work part-time 
for Northeast Utilities from her home. 
Gail says, "I'm in touch regularly with 
Bonnie Erickson Noonan." 

Laurie Kanters Micheau is a regional 
trainer and travels all over the U.S. She 
says, "I would love to hear from my old 
compadres. Perhaps we could meet up 
again in my travels." Laurie and her 
husband started construction on a lake 
home, where they plan to retire. Two of 
her children are married. 

Dale Tufts Yale is still living in Salem, 
MA and operating a consulting business 
that does contract paralegal work. Dale 
has a two-year-old grandchild. Her 
younger daughter got married in March 
in Aruba. 

grandchildren. She says, "Now we 
can see our precious young ones as 
often as we like." 

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"I'm sorry I was unable to make the 
reunion," writes Dana Cooper Purvis. 
"I enjoy playing with my three-year-old 
grandson and helping my husband 
with his business." 

After 30 years of teaching gifted stu- 
dents, Betsy Gimbel Ratner is enjoying 
retirement. She is writing books, 
presenting workshops on finding your 
passion, traveling, and dancing. She 
says, "What fun!" 

Linda Luskin Towne bought a 100-year- 
old Victorian house in the historic 
district of Forest Park Heights 
(Springfield, MA) to be close to her 

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Donna Jaquith Alexson was named 
executive vice president for the New 
England Division of the United States 
Professional Tennis Association 
(USPTA). In her spare time, Donna 
gives tennis lessons, runs an after- 
school program, and coaches a boys' 
varsity tennis team. She will be playing 
for the women's national senior team at 
the USPTA national convention in 
California later this year. She has two 


Martha Garshman Specter's request: 

"Please put a classnote asking the Class 

of '71 to contribute to the College's 


Carol Goulian Stewart looks forward to 
being with Sue Mathews Courchesne, 
Anita Svolis Herrick, and Sue Penan 
Pietrantoni at their next reunion in 
two years. 

"I just completed 33 years as a flight 
attendant with American Airlines flying 
internationally," writes Johanna Nahatis 
Kadra. "On several occasions I have had 
classmates on my flights to San Juan — 
Pamela Cook Crane '70 and Kathryn 
Johnston Berardi. It is great to see 
Lasell friends." Johanna's twin sister, 
Christina Nahatis Barrett, celebrated 
16 years as a kindergarten teacher in 
Manchester, MA. 

Linda Schwartz Offit writes, "I work 
part-time, started painting again, and 
my paintings have been in a few 


Sue Clark Miller has settled into living 
in South Carolina. She writes, "I have 
decided since I've moved so many times 
that I'd try being a real estate agent. I 
will let you know how it goes." 

Ramona Scaperrota Allen just finished 
her 20th year of teaching 4th grade. 
She says, "Retirement is not too far 
away." Her oldest son is off to college 
in the fall while her youngest will begin 
high school. 


Parti Calvert O'Keefe and her sister, 
Diane Calvert Freeman '84, both attend- 
ed Lasell. Now Parti's daughter will 
attend Lasell this fall (Class of 2008) in 
the honors program. Parti says, "I am so 
proud of her." 

Our sincere condolences to Mary Ellen 
Casey on the death of her 91-year-old 
mother in January. 

Lauren Cottone Beckman was hoping 
most of the Class of '74 would attend 
their 30th reunion. 

"Being a volunteer reunion 
liaison/agent was a pleasure," writes 
Adria Goldman Gross. "I am currently 
at home with my young children so 
I was able to find time to call all our 
classmates. It was an incredible experi- 
ence to speak to classmates for the first 
time in 30 years." 

Barbara Hirschfield Henry enjoyed 
reunion with Pat Lundquist Marion, but 

wishes more classmates had attended. 
Barbara is enjoying her third term as a 
first selectman in Roxbury, CT. 


Mary Ellen Murray Canty enjoys her 
career in nursing. She and her husband 
celebrated 27 years of marriage in May. 
She has three children. Mary Ellen 
sends greetings to her friends from 


While studying retail management at 
Lasell, Robin Hasekian Berengian 
worked as an intern at Filene's in 
Belmont. Today she is general manager 
of Filene's in Providence, RI. Robin 
says, "Working part-time is an invalu- 
able way to get a foot in the door and 
your abilities noticed." 

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Dorothy Faggas Powers' daughter, 
Annie, will be a freshman at Lasell 
this fall. 

With more than 20 years experience in 
human services, Nina Leary Rock has 

been appointed Director of Human 
Resources at W.B. Mason. She will be 
responsible for leading the company- 
wide human resource strategic direction 
and services for more than 800 employ- 
ees. Nina lives in Millis, MA, with her 
husband and son. 

Christina Striker Parker says, "This past 
spring, my husband and I enjoyed an 
evening at Lasell' s beautiful Yamawaki 
Concert Hall listening to all four of our 
children play in a recital. We live close 
enough to Lasell to have been able to 
enjoy other concerts there as well." 


Artist Tina Cianci Rollins had a dozen 
oils on canvas on display at a studio in 
West Hartford, CT. What Tina enjoys 
about painting is the ability to capture 
or freeze a moment in time. She says, 
"I enjoy painting places of solitude or 
of simple beauty. These places bring to 
me a sense of peace, joy, or gratitude." 

"After 10 years at RJ Reynolds Tobacco, 
I am leaving to start a new career also 
in marketing, advertising, and sales," 
writes Ronnie Cohen Romanuck. 
"Thank you Lasell for a great educa- 

Pam Henderson Pagliaro is a medical 
technologist and has been working in 
a toxicology lab at Mayo Medical 
Laboratories New England for almost 
20 years. 

Joan LeBlanc is currently a registered 
nurse in the cardiac rehabilitation 
department at Milford-Whitinsville 
Regional Hospital in Massachusetts. 
She was the guest speaker at a meeting 

Class Notes Fall 2004 

Class Notes 

Class of 1980 


Four from the Class of 1980 are on the "move." (L to R) Beth Porcaro Grady, Marcia 
Stascavage Notarangelo, Patty Bryson, and Julie Folan Lyver enjoy lunch together in 
the 1851 before the alumni trip to see "Movin' Out" at the Colonial Theatre in March. 

of the Greater Milford Heartline and 
spoke about the "risk factors of heart 
disease." Joan has 30 years' experience 
in hospital care. 

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Debbie Johnson Nyland is a technical 
sales representative. Her territory covers 
metro New York and Long Island. She 
has two young children. Debbie says 
hello to Sandy, Judi, Shelley, and Yvette. 


Deborah Browne Woide is a registered 
nurse with the Red Cross. She works as 
a corporate instructor and a volunteer 
level-4 disaster nurse. 

"I put my Lasell degree to work with 13 
years in the retail gift industry," writes 
Jacki Lindahl Pierson. Jacki's last posi- 
tion was a national account manger 
with a division of Hallmark cards. 
She is married and the mother of a 
6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. 

Natalie Sciacca Gekle lives in Concord, 
MA with her husband and two 

children, ages 3-1/2 and 13 months. 
Natalie looked forward to seeing "old" 
classmates at reunion. 


Dawne Burnham Mortenson says "hi" 
to all her nursing buddies. She writes, 
"Hope you are all benefiting and 
prospering from your Lasell nursing 
education foundation as I am. 
Opportunities and experiences galore!" 


One year ago, Jacqueline Burke 

McGuire started her own business bak- 
ing cookies and personally delivering 
them or shipping them within the U.S. 
She writes, "I am also celebrating 10 
years of marriage and am busy raising 
three children, ages 7, 5, and 3." 

Wendy Gromko White writes, "I am a 
stay-at-home mom and loving it." 


Victoria Linares Ceylan has been 
married for 11 years and has a 
2-1/2-year-old son. She is presently 
a stay-at-home mom. She lives in 
Danbury, CT, where she and her 
husband own several houses. 

Hilary Russell has been living in Italy 
for the past four years. She is presently 
taking an English as a second language 
course in Rome. 

Class 0/1980 

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Erica Albright Ciarmataro is a lead 
teacher of 4-year-olds at a pre-school 
on Nantucket where she lives with her 
husband and two children. She has 
been teaching there since graduation. 

Jennifer Bannan Aucoin is married, has 
two daughters, ages 15 and 4, and lives 
in Watertown, MA. 

After graduation from Bridgewater 
State College with a B.S. in Education, 
Dawn Bedard moved to San Diego for 
two years "to enjoy some fun in the 
sun." For the past five years, she has 
been teaching 4th grade in Connecticut. 

"I wish I could attend reunion, but I am 
expecting our second child on May 23, 
so I need to be close to home," writes 
Johanne Breton Richardson. Johanne 
returned to school for a Master's in 
physical therapy. She works full-time 
as a physical therapist. 

"Ten years is a significant milestone for 
all of us in the Class of 1994," writes 
Shirley Fan-Chan. "We have so much 
to share about our lives, our family, 
our work, and all that we learned." 


Soon after returning to work after 
the birth of her second daughter, Carrie 
Lempke Braxton was offered her previ- 
ous position of tradeshow and event 
planner in the sales department at the 
Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors 
Bureau. She accepted it. 


For the last eight years, Heidi 
Fernandes St. Onge has been working 
as a physical therapy assistant. She lives 
in Buzzards Bay, MA with her husband 
and two children. She is going back to 
school to get a degree in occupational 

Jami Zaiatz Stebbins is now a stay-at- 
home mom and loving every minute 
of it. Her son and his activities — 

swimming lessons, soccer, skating, 
story hour, and playdates with friends 
— keep her busy. 


Jaime Johnson Burge accepted a new 
position as assistant sales and banquet 
manager at Heritage House Hotel in 
Hyannis, MA. 


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Since graduation, Amy Vinton has 
been working as a clinical rehabilitation 
aide for Milford- Whitinsville Regional 
Hospital in Franklin, MA. She is also a 
hand therapist at the hospital. 


Marie Cyr Mitchell is a fourth grade 
teacher at Fairfield Country Day School 
in Connecticut. 


Karina Fontanez was an adjunct faculty 
member in the fashion design depart- 
ment at Lasell College until she decided 
to go back to school for a master's in 

Matthew Hutchinson graduated from 
Officer Candidate School at Fort 
Benning in Columbus, GA, and was 
commissioned as a second lieutenant 
in the U.S. Army. 

Class 0/1994 

The bride, Beth Porcaro Grady '80, enjoys her wedding with four classmates from the 
Class ofig8o. (L to R) Barbara Brearton Smith, Julie Folan Lyver, matron of honor, 
Marcia Stascavage Notarangelo, and Patty Bryson, maid of honor. 

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Class Notes 


Beth Porcaro '80 to Peter Grady 
on May 15, 2004 

Dawn Gidney '91 to Christopher Lavoie 
on March 6, 2004 

Jami Zaiatz '96 to Eric Stebbins 
in July 1999 

Kelly White '97 to Dallas Bartlett 
on September 12, 2003 

Jodi Crafts Flaherty '99 


Wendy Gromko White '88, a son, 
Elliott Steven, on October 16, 2003 

Carrie Lempke Braxton '95, a daughter, 
Mackenzie Rose, on January 15, 2004 

Jami Zaiatz Stebbins '96, a son, 
in May 2000 


Elizabeth Anderson Hanna '24 

in 1999 

Elizabeth Barden Coulson '24 
on February 16, 2004 

Louise Hegeman Whitman '25 

in April 2004 

Henrietta Hisgen Campbell '28 

on May 10, 2004 

Marguerite Mcllvain Ricker '29 

on December 4, 2003 

Dorothy Young Heath '30 

on February 15, 2004 

Rachel DeWolf '32 

on June 1, 2004 

Thirza Fretchner Johnson '32 

on February 10, 2004 

Priscilla Seavey Bjorkman '34 

Marion Cruickshank Manning '35 

on June 12, 2004 

Natalie Hutchison Clouser '36 

on June 12, 2003 

Esther Magnuson Akerley '36 

on May 14, 2004 

Eliza Christie Bashford '37 

on November 4, 2003 

Charlotte Howard Pierce '38, 

Summer 2003 

Elaine Meiklem Sargent '38 

on May 4, 2004 

Dorothy Woodard Grindell '38 

on March 12, 2004 

Nancy Allen Schmetzer '39 

on May 8, 2004 

Harriet Clemons Pierce '39 

on April 6, 2004 

Phyllis McCormick Farmer '39 

Alice Paton Wagemaker '39 

on January n, 2003 

Norma Booth DuVally '40 

on February 11, 2004 

Margaret Gibb Jackson '40 

Portia Kieser '40 

on May 25, 2003 

Dorothy Paddock Forster '40 

on May 15, 2004 

Elaine Cook Mariner '41 

Marian Ramhofer Thissen '41 

on February 3, 2004 

Norma Rogers Powell '42 

on December 22, 2003 

June Hollingshead Todd '44 

in January 2004 

Joe Leroy Bramm '44 

on January 29, 2004 

Barbara Linnitt Morton '44 
on March 2, 2004 

Ruth Perkins Goodwin '44 

on April 9, 2004 

Marguerite Hunting Dupuis '45 

on May 7, 2002 

M. Elizabeth Harney '47 

on February 9, 2004 

E. Frances Lake Gray '47 

on March 18, 2004 

Betty Peirce '47 

on June 21, 2004 

Beverly Wallace Markey '49 

on May 27, 2004 

Marilyn "Jan" Bartlett Erratt '50 

on March 28, 2004 

Beverly Tabor Andrews '51 

on May 21, 2004 

Martha Morse Mercorelli '52 

on February 18, 2004 

Marguerite Rudolf Mesinger '52 

on April 20, 2004 

Kathryn Dolan '53 

on February 15, 2004 

Doris Gartner Gould '53 

on January 17, 2004 

Janis Houston Mountain '53 

on June 6, 2004 

Patience Williams '56 

on May 6, 2004 

Cynthia Striesfield Cohen '61 

on March 19, 2004 

Brenda Sherman Baer '69 

on April 22, 2003 

Jane Flett '76 

on June 14, 2004 


It's a Surprise! 

On October 25, 2004, Dean Ruth 
Rothenberger Harris will be cele- 
brating her 90th birthday and 
there's a plan afoot to send her 
best wishes from past friends 
and associates. 

The Alumni Office has received 
the following: 

Ruth Rothenberger Harris, who was 
dean at Lasell from approximately 
1943 - 1959, will be celebrating her 
90th birthday on October 25, 2004. 
I am a graduate of Ursinus College, 
Class of 1964, where Ruth was 
Dean of Women and then Dean 
of Students from 1959 to 1982, 
and from where she received her 
undergraduate degree in 1936. 

I am asking for your help in a 

Please send greetings to Ruth to: 
Mrs. Ruth R. Harris 
c/o Louise W. Kempka 
105 Sandpiper Bay 
Washington, NC 27889 

Or by email to: 

Subject line: Happy Brithday, Ruth! 

I will gather the good wishes, wrap 
them up in a box and get them to 
her for her birthday. 

Thank you! 

Louise Kempka 

Class Notes Fall 2004 

CampUS Update 

Seniors Honored 

Academic Recognition Banquet 

Jennifer Toscano '04 beams after receiving the Education book award for Interdisciplinary 
Studies /Elementary Education. 

It was their last night as undergraduates, 
and the smiling faces of the Seniors 
who were invited to the Academic 
Recognition Banquet showed pride in 
their accomplishments and excitement 
for the future. Surrounded by their fami- 
lies and professors, the 2004 Book 
Award Recipients and the senior mem- 
bers of the Honors Program sat down to 
a celebratory dinner in the Athletic 
Center on Saturday night, May 15th. 

"The Awards Banquet at Lasell is about 
celebrating academic excellence conceived 
in a deeper way than acknowledging 
grade point averages," explains Vice 
President of Academic Affairs Jim 
Ostrow. "The Book Awards and recogni- 
tion of Honors Program graduates are 
our ways of showcasing leadership, 
motivation to do more than is merely 
expected for a grade, a consistently 
demonstrated intellectual curiosity, and a 
commitment to life-long learning. The 
giving of book awards signals our belief 
in the importance of a life of intellectual 

discovery, of which serious reading is an 
essential ingredient." 

This year there were 14 Senior mem- 
bers of the Honors Program. During 
their four years at Lasell, they participated 
in a series of specialized courses and 
projects and, at the banquet, received 
framed certificates. "Completion of the 
Program signifies a high level of initia- 
tive, academic accomplishment, and a 
commitment to the values of citizenship 
within a connected learning environ- 
ment," explains Steven Bloom, dean of 
the School of Arts and Sciences and 
director of General Education and the 
Honors Program. 

The evening offered moments of 
reflection as well. "Since being at Lasell, 
I have been able to find out more 
about who I am and who I want to be. 
I still have work to do, but Lasell has 
truly been a place for me to explore 
and grow," said Honors student 
Amy Pilat '04. ¥ 

Book Award 

2004 Recipients 

Sarah Armata 

Sonja Landry 

Erin Brogan 

Tracey Maloney 

Hillary Collins 

Yearim Martinez 

Rachel Cottle 

Molly Merchant 

Anushka De Silva 

Ryan Michelangelo 

Tracey Fegan 

Massielle Morales 

Amy Cleason 

Amy Pilat 

Mark Henry 

Kimberiy Sipple 

Heather Hughes 

Jennifer Toscano 

Solace Hummel 

Jaclyn Wong 

Danielle Kappeler 

Honors Program 2004 

Michelle Bartlett 

Tracey Maloney 

Emily Binder 

Julie Martin 

Stephanie Birch 

Anthony Oliva 

Anna Lisa Comunale Amy Perry 

Alicia Cranford 

Amy Pilat 

Amber King 

Allison Privitera 

Rebekah Levine 

Amy Sprague 

Bring Up The Stage Lights 

New Partnership with the 

Newton Country Players Established 

In November, theatre returns to Lasell. 

Curtain up" will be the directive 
heard again on the Lasell campus this 
fall thanks to a new partnership 
between the Yamawaki Art and Cultural 
Center and the Newton Country Players. 

The Country Players were looking for a 
new home because the spot where they 
have held their productions for the last 
16 years needed to be renovated. When 
Lasell heard this, Richard Bath, director 
of the Yamawaki Center, met with the 
group, showed them the Yamawaki 
facility, and began talks about how to 
work together. 

"Dramatic productions will be open to 
the entire Lasell Community," says 
Richard Bath. "We are very pleased to 
announce that our first production, 
'Lend Me a Tenor,' will be staged in 
November, beginning on the 5th." 

Auditions were held in August. Besides 
looking for aspiring thespians, lighting 
and sound technicians, set designers, 
marketing experts, and directors were 
needed. Once the curtain comes down 
in November, the planning stage for an 
April musical version of "The Secret 
Garden" will begin. ¥ 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves 1 3 

CampUS Update 

Faculty Spotlight 

Professors Share Recent Work 

Professor Joanna Kosakowski talks to a packed house. 

Mow much fun is this!" exclaimed 
Professor Linda Bucci at the "Faculty 
Spotlight" session on April 15. Sponsored 
by the Professional Development 
Committee, Professors Joanna 
Kosakowski, Mimi Reddicliffe, and 
Ivana Pinho presented their recent 
work to colleagues in the packed 
Sargent classroom. 

While on sabbatical during the spring 
of 2003, Joanna Kosakowski wrote 
Exploring Calculus, A Guided Discovery 
Approach. "My goal is to provide 
students with the opportunity to move 
beyond the search for the correct 

answer and to use their experience, 
creativity, and intuition to develop 
mathematics," she explained. 

In her class, students are given problems 
that deal with real-world issues, such 
as world population. Using a graph to 
illustrate the total world population as 
a function of year, students are asked 
to predict rates of change in the popula- 
tion. "The function has no asymptote, 
(from Merriam Webster, with thanks: 
'a straight line associated with a curve 
such that as a point moves along an 
infinite branch of the curve the distance 
from the point to the line approaches 

zero and the slope of the curve at the 
point approaches the slope of the line')," 
states Joanna. For some, this was a 
whole new word and a whole new world. 

In her "Themes in English Literature" 
class, Mimi Reddicliffe used the topic 
of war as a door into early Twentieth 
Century literature. "In World War I 
there were many soldier poets," she 
explained. "They were writing in the 
trenches between the shells and the gas. 

"When I asked students to read a selection 
of these poems, they found it upsetting 
because of the connections they made 
with the war in Iraq. They said the 
poetry made them visualize things 
they didn't want to see. One student 
had a fiance in Iraq and the poems 
made her wonder if he would come 
back the same man." 

To delve deeper into her students' 
attitudes towards the readings, Mimi 
prepared a questionnaire to uncover 
their various viewpoints. They ran the 
gamut from those who felt the World 
War I literature helped them understand 
the feelings of soldiers in Iraq, to a few 
who did not relate the reading to Iraq 
because they were opposed to the war 
and ignoring it. 

Music filled the Sargent classroom as 
Ivana Pinho played selections from her 
new CD "Music by Brazilian and French 
Composers." "The music presents a 
selection of an eclectic repertoire for 
piano and flute," she said. 

"In my Music Appreciation class, I try 
to relate music to other art forms, " 
she continued, "as it makes music more 
accessible. Impressionist artists broke 
with tradition and this had a direct 
effect on music. Suddenly there were 
more flowing and flexible melodies." 
Strains from a Debussy selection illus- 
trated her point. 

"Composers were also influenced by 
nationalism," she continued. "It was a 
way they could bring forth their culture. 
Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos is a good 
example." As Ivana played one of his 
pieces she laughed as she recalled a 
student saying, "I didn't know there 
were any Brazilian composers." 

Applause filled Sargent as the session 
ended. "What a great way to see what 
professors on this campus are doing," 
exclaimed Professor Richard Dodds 
enthusiastically. W 

For Service to the Community 

Gretchen Friend Honored at Newton's Prayer Breakfast 

Gretchen Friend. 

Civic responsibility and citizenship 
are cornerstone values at Lasell for 
students, faculty, and staff. This May, 
Gretchen Friend, administrative assis- 
tant in the School of Business and 
Information Science, was among those 
honored at the 30th Anniversary City of 
Newton Mayor's Community Prayer 

In honor of strengthening community 
through charitable works, the breakfast 
was hosted by Mayor David Cohen, 

and attended by more than 600 people. 
WBZ-TV's Jack Williams was the guest 
speaker. Anchor of weekday's CBS4 
News, Williams has been recognized by 
numerous organizations for his charita- 
ble work and his efforts in promoting 
special needs adoption with his weekly 
news series "Wednesday's Child." 

Gretchen was honored for her work 
with the YMCA. She joined the YMCA's 
Board of Directors in 1981 and has given 
unstintingly of her time. She also 

serves on the Board of Overseers of 
the New Philharmonia Orchestra, is 
co-chair of the Outreach Committee at 
the Parish of the Good Shepherd, and 
has been a volunteer for Newton 
Community Education, teaching a twice- 
weekly exercise class for some 15 years. 

"It was wonderful having friends 
and family cheer me when I went up 
to get my award," recalls Gretchen. 
"It was a very early hour and their 
support meant a lot." ^ 


Continued from page 72 

"At a session last night, we talked 
together about student life issues, 
academic integrity, and balancing the 
many demands on their time. They 
have also built their academic schedules, 
registered for courses, and attended a 
social last night, where they consumed 
large amounts of pizza," she laughed, 

breaking the ice with parents tentative 
in their new roles as observers rather 
than participants in their children's lives. 
"And they are doing well. ..they are going 
to be all right," she reassured. 

"Our bookstore manager loves orienta- 
tion because new students buy anything 
that is imprinted with 'Lasell' on it. It is 
likely that your son or daughter may 
have already purchased Lasell decals for 

their car, your car, and any car that stops 
long enough to slap one on," Diane 
joked. "Read that symbolism for what it 
is: they do that because it identifies 
them even to strangers as being part of 
the Lasell community. In these last two 
days, they have begun to be part of us. 

"You will be getting signals from your 
sons and daughters encouraging you to 
keep your distance. They probably won't 

be inviting you to be part of their active 
life. And that's age appropriate. But you 
should know that here, on campus, they 
talk about you a lot as a frame of refer- 
ence. Regardless of our age, our parents 
are eternally with us and even as adults, 
they are often the filter through which 
we pass all things. Be assured that you 
remain important to your sons and 
daughters." %' 

Lasell Leaves 1.A 

Fall 2004 

Alumni Afft 


Office of Alumni Affairs 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

A Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Affairs 

Hello Lasell Alumni. 

wr e're about to embark on another 
academic year with lots of exciting 
new ventures for alums to explore 
and oppurtunities to network with each 
other. Based on suggestions made from 
the alumni body, we will be trying new 
educational and social events this year 
including a seminar by a child psycholo- 
gist, a Red Sox game, a trip to Mohegan 
Sun, and a campus reception for incom- 
ing legacy students and parents. More 

educational programs will be offered at 
Reunion Weekend as well. So, please 
speak up and let us know your thoughts 
and concerns - we listen - and try to 
respond accordingly! 


Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Lasell Medallion Recipient 

President de Witt presents Jean Campbell '44 with her Lasell Medallion. 

It is with a large measure of pride that 
Lasell College can claim Jean Campbell 
'44 as one of its own. She is one of those 
rare individuals whose life has touched 
so many through her quiet dedication to 
the principles in which she believes. 

A native Vermonter, Jean attended Lasell 
during World War II. "Some people go 
to college to get lost in the experience. 
I went to be found," she recalls. "I loved 
every minute of my time at Lasell - 
the people, the activities, the first class 
education." While here, her athletic 
achievements were legendary, her musi- 
cal abilities much appreciated, and her 
onion sandwiches renowned. 

Jean was one of the few in her class 
to continue her education full time. 
She went on to receive her B.A. from 
Pembroke, the women's college at 
Brown University. She was then 
employed by the Girl Scouts, having 
been recruited by former Lasell Dean 
Ruth Rothenberger Harris. 

For 22 years, she lent her enthusiasm 
and leadership to the Girl Scouts in 
Connecticut and Massachusetts and had 
a wide variety of responsibilities. She was 
involved in planning, training, budgeting, 
making presentations to United Way, 
and a myriad of other activities. Somehow, 
while keeping all those balls in the air, 

she found time to earn her M.Ed, from 
the University of Hartford. 

The YWCA recognized her considerable 
talents, and Jean left the Girl Scouts to 
assume the post of Executive Director 
of the New Bedford YWCA. There she 
organized programs that met the needs 
of women, girls, and families, writing 
grants for special programs. She cham- 
pioned the rights of senior citizens and, 
in 1971, participated in the White House 
Conference on Aging. In 1973, she testi- 
fied at the Senate Labor Committee's 
hearing in Washington, advocating for 
the need to fund senior job training. 

In 1976, Jean started an investment club 
for women. It was a diverse group but 
the common goal they all shared was to 
learn the fundamentals of managing 
money and understanding personal 
finances. A great success, the 
women became savvy in the 
field and learned to choose 
stocks wisely. 

Jean is a woman who looks 
outwardly at the whole 
world, remaining connected 
in various ways to multiple 
age constituencies. As an active 
community citizen, she has served as 
an officer of her church, library, hospital 
historical society, and more. 

She has never forgotten her alma 
mater, and was chair of her reunion 
class, has been on the Alumni Board 
of Management, and is currently a 

Corporator. Hers was one of the early 
gifts to the Kresge Challenge during 
the Lasell 150 Campaign and she 
dedicated the Campbell Classroom in 
Winslow in memory of her father 
Elwyn G. Campbell, a boyhood friend 
of President Guy Winslow. 

Her far-reaching career has benefited 
the lives of many and it gives me great 
pleasure to present her with the Lasell 
medallion. W 

Call for Nominations 
for Lasell Medallion 

Each year a committee appointed 
by the Alumni Association's Board 
of Management selects 
individuals to receive 
the Lasell Medallion. 
The bronze award 
may be presented 
to "any member 
of the Lasell family 
who, by virtue of 
distinguished service 
to the College or society at 
large, has brought added honor 
to the name Lasell." Nominations 
for the 2005 award, which will be 
presented at Reunion Convocation 
on May 14, should be sent to the 
Office of Alumni Affairs. 

Fall 2004 

I5 Lasell Leaves 

Al I Alumni Reunion Weekend 2004 


hile making calls to encourage 
her classmates to attend Reunion, 
Dottie Tobin Staffier '44 says, 

"We enjoyed reminiscing about 
friends, teachers and laughter 
down the halls of the dormitories - 
especially the frenetic weekends at 
'boys' colleges and Dartmouth 
Winter Carnival highlights. 
For a brief telephone moment, 
we were bright young things again 
(as opposed to bright old things!)" 

Class of 1954 












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Patti Beck (r), President of the Alumni 
Association, presents a new graduate with 
her rose. 

The Boston Duck Tour. 

Bottom Row (L to R) Wendy Paul Doughty, (Mary) Patricia Wilson Kane, Frances 
Hayden Stack, Judy Messier Howard, Carol Rofer Hofmann, Janet McElgunn Flynn, Toni 
Hoyden Durkee, Nancy Atwood Cook, Beverly Bruce Dandeneau, Hope Duguid Dauwalter. 

2nd Row (L to R) Mary Atterbury Bradshaw, Nancy Swanson Horsjield, Virginia Michelini 
Parks, Anna-Mae George Barney, Ellen Miller Kadison, Lorraine Nelson Stevens, 
Sue Carson Sandock, Joanna Ward. 

yd Row (L to R) Cynthia Fisher MacDonald, Judy Stone Grahar, Nancy Horton, 

Mary McCulloch Bush, Ann Bowerman Logan, Corinne Coyle Lydem, Anne Kempel Green, 

Faith Harvey Fisler. 

4th Row (L to R) Catherine Murray, Marguerite Schneider Jablonski, Meta Maxwell 
Hutchings, Roberta Loud Huh, Betty Lindsay Buhler, Betty Doucette Palmer, Ruth Paetz 
Braun, Helen Wood Queenan. 

<jth Row (L to R) Lee Smith, Martha Ellis Brooks, Lynn Marino Zentmaier, Nancy Perry 
Voll, Joan Rabbitt Downey, Marian Lougee Foster, Nancy Hedtler Ford, Joan Hildebrandt 
Estey, Sara Rojas Casarella. 

Lasell Online Community 

Please stay connected to Lasell and your friends. 


Alumni Orpheum/ 'Lamplighters /Glee Club singers at the New Philharmonia Concert. 

Dance if the spirit moves you! 

New Philharmonia Orchestra guest 
conductor - Martha Garshman Spector 'yi. 

Tom Chapin and the New Philharmonia Orchestra. 


Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

Alumni Affc 


Alumni Gatherings 

If you would be interested in sponsoring or helping to organize 

an alumni event in the future, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office. 

River Day - Come join the competition! 

October, 2004 

3- Sunday - River Day - Stoller Boat 
House, Charles River - n a.m. 

Calling all alumni! 

River Day/ Family & Friends Weekend 

is Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3 
at the Lasell College campus and 
Stoller Boathouse. 

The century-old war canoes are still 
used for the competition and have all 
been completely restored. They will be 
put into service on Sunday and need 
alumni paddlers! River Day Feast to 
follow ($12). Please contact your former 
fellow teammates and pass the word 
and plan to come back to campus. 

Overseer Rudy Kraft sends this message 
to all of the Boards: River Day this year 
is on Sunday, October 3, 2004 (the day 
before the Annual Meeting of the 
Boards). The Trustees have committed to 
having a canoe in the race this year. 
Rudy has pledged $1000 to the 
"Campaign for Bragdorf if the Trustee 
canoe wins. He would like to challenge 
other Trustees, Overseers and Corporators 
to also pledge a gift to the Campaign. 
There are still two seats left in the canoe 
if anyone wants to race. If the Trustee 
canoe loses the race, Rudy proposes that 
those in the canoe pledge individual gifts. 
If you want to come cheer them on (or if 
there are enough to fill another canoe, 
that would be terrific) the race will begin 
at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. 

Responding to this challenge so far are, 
Gretta Arnold, Nancy Lawson Donahue 
'49, Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56, 
Jean Sargent Lee '49, Erik Stapper, 
and Joan Howe Weber '51. 

November, 2004 

18 - Thursday - Dr. Robert Brooks, 
Parenting Seminar 

On Thursday, November 18, 2004, 
at 7 p.m., Lasell College Alumni 
Association will offer its first parenting 
program. Dr. Robert Brooks will speak 
about "Raising Resilient Children." 
In his presentation, which is geared 
for parents, grandparents, and other 
caregivers, Dr. Brooks will discuss 
factors that help children to deal more 
effectively with stress and pressure and 
become resilient. He will describe: 

• The importance of empathy in 
understanding and responding 
to children 

• Why some children from birth 
have a more difficult time 
developing a positive self-image 

• The importance of identifying 
and reinforcing each youngster's 
"islands of competence" 

• Specific strategies that can be 
used to nurture self-esteem, 
self-discipline, cooperation, caring, 
hope, and resilience in children 

Dr. Robert Brooks has lectured nationally 
and internationally on topics pertaining 
to motivation, resilience, self-esteem, 
and family relationships. He has also 
written extensively about these topics. 
He received his doctorate in clinical 
psychology from Clark University and 
did additional training at the University 
of Colorado Medical School. He is on 
the faculty of Harvard Medical School 
and has served as Director of the 
Department of Psychology at McLean 

Hospital. He has a part-time private 
practice in which he sees children, 
adolescents, adults, and families and 
has appeared regularly on television 
shows in the Boston area as well as on 
national cable television. 

December, 2004 

5 - Sunday - Lion King - Opera House, 
Boston - Orchestra seats. $99 includes 
brunch on campus and round-trip 
van transportation. 

February, 2005 

If you go to Florida in the winter months, 
please he sure we have that address so 
you can receive a Florida alumni events 

Assistant Professor Richard Dodds will 
attend all Florida receptions and be 
showing off some of the "nifty instruc- 
tional and support technology that is 
now available to professors at Lasell." 
He will demonstrate Student Electronic 
Portfolios, Course Web Pages, Online 
Course Forums, Automated Degree 
Audit, Online Grade Entry, and anything 
else that he can fit into his travel bag. 
Professor Dodds also specializes in 
explaining technical things in a non- 
technical way, so come loaded with 

Friday, 2/4, Sarasota, FL 

Hosted by Howard and 
Nancy Goodman Cobin '55 

Saturday, 2/5, Ft. Myers, FL 

Host to be announced. 

Sunday, 2/6, Naples, FL 

Host to be announced. 

Thursday, 2/10, Davie, FL 

Hosted by Starr Tapper Shannon '58 

Friday, 2/11, Boca Raton, FL 

Hosted by Barry and 

Diane Jacobson Rosenberg '56 

Saturday, 2/12, Vero Beach, FL 

Host to be announced. 

Reunion Weekend/ 
Commencement Weekend 
May 13-15, 2005 

Check out the Lasell College Web site for more informa- 
tion. Please email the Alumni Affairs 
Office at with any 
address changes or class notes. 

The Commencement speaker will be 
Anita Hill. W 

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Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves YJ 

Alumni Affairs 

From the President of the Alumni Association 

Laseil Alumni, IriV 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Dear Fellow Alums: 

lVow, what a difference a year makes! 
I have just completed my first year serv- 
ing as President of the Board of 
Management, and am amazed at what 
we have accomplished. Here are some 
of the highlights... The Scholarship 
Committee awarded three scholarships 
this year, totaling $10,000, our highest 
amount in many years. In March, the 
Benefits Committee orchestrated our 
first ever Antiques Appraisal Event. 
Guests were able to discover the true 
value of their hidden treasures. We will 
be hosting another appraisal event in 
March 2005, so start cleaning out your 
attic! In an attempt to connect with the 
graduating class, the Board co-spon- 
sored the Senior BBQ held during 
Senior Week. This was a unique way to 

introduce the incoming alumni to the 
board and its mission. 

Perhaps the most exciting accomplish- 
ment is the launching of our new logo. 
When the board met in September 
2003, we realized we needed our own 
image. So much has changed at Laseil 
that we finally decided we needed a 
change as well. After several months of 
working with students, the Ad Hoc 
Image Campaign Committee came up 
with a new logo (see story below). 

The board members were thrilled. 
It truly captures the history of Laseil, 
which so many of us treasure, but also 
guides us into the coming decades. 

But no good year is without its strug- 
gles, membership being one of them. 

I urge any of you who are interested in 
getting involved with Laseil to contact 
the Alumni Office. We are always look- 
ing for new members with new ideas to 
get involved. While many things have 
changed - new buildings, more majors, 
men on campus - the heart and soul of 
Laseil is still felt. The excitement of the 
students, the dedication of the faculty, 
the loyalty of the alumni all combine to 
make Laseil a wonderful place to be. 

And so I look to year number two with 
great anticipation. I am confident the 
Board will accomplish even more this year. 

ofc ©>do 

Parti Beck, Class of '97 
President, Laseil Alumni, Inc. 

Laseil Alumni, Inc. Has New Look 

Laseil Alumni, Inc. and the Board of 
Management were looking for a new 
image and they knew exactiy where to 
go to get it! Last semester, under the 
direction of Professors Margo Lemieux 
and Josh Randall, four graphic design 
students were charged with the job of 
designing a logo and image campaign 
for the Alumni Association. This "con- 
nected learning" project was conducted 
during the spring semester. After a 
client meeting, formal presentations 
and some modifications of several 
design concepts, a new logo was unani- 
mously chosen by the Image Campaign 
Committee of the Board of Management. 
"What is interesting to note," said Ruth 
Shuman, dean for Institutional 
Advancement and the staff person shep- 
arding this project, "in every discussion 

about what the logo should look like 
the words sophisticated, classy and 
traditional were emphasized. The irony 
is, the final design is none of the above." 

The more contemporary lamp with text 
that looks like it is moving was the 
unanimous choice because committee 
members felt that it would resonate 
more with younger alumni. Everyone 
was delighted with the final choice and 
the logo was launched this May at 
Reunion Weekend. The students who 
worked on the project were publicly 
recognized at Reunion luncheon and 
a cake with the new logo was wheeled 
out, much to everyone's amazement. 

"These students definitely have a 
future in graphic design, " said 
Dean Shuman. "Their work exceeded 
all expectations that the committee 
had before this project started." The 
students who worked on this project 
were juniors Diana Demircyian, 
Danica Huppe, Sylvie Norian and 
Christen Repetto. 

A special thank you to Image Campaign 
Committee members: Urit Chaimovitz 
'98, Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57, 
Sharon Carley Fitts '62, Nancy Curtis 
Grellier '49, Ann Mignosa '87, Barbara 
Stickle Mode '47, Joy Stewart Rice '55, 
and Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46. * 

Calendar Girls 

Inspired by the hit movie, "Calendar Girls," which recounts the true 
story of 12 prim and proper English women who turned the creation 
of their annual calendar into a fundraising bonanza by posing dis- 
cretely in the 'all-together,' the Office of Alumni Affairs and Laseil 
Alumni Inc. have collaborated on a new calendar and given it a simi- 
lar, humorous twist. Pictured above is Laseil Calendar Girl Joy 
Stewart Rice '55, a Corporator and member of the Alumni Board of 

Proceeds for the 2006 calendar, which will be available in the near 
future, will support student scholarships. Poses are still being pho- 
tographed by Linda Telfer '60, on location throughout the Laseil 
College campus. If you have a sense of humor, enjoy supporting a 
worthy cause, and would like to participate individually or with your 
classmates, please contact Emily Alter at or call 
617-243-2467. These calendars are destined to be collectors' items! 


Laseil Leaves 

Fall 2004 

Alumni Affi 


At the torchlight parade, seniors revel in their last 
moments as undergraduates. (L to R) Jenn Toscano, 
Jennifer Fernald, Eileen Apelian, Lela D 'Andrea. 


The Alumni Board of Management held an Antiques 
Appraisal Event in March, which netted over $1,100. 
The proceeds went to the Alumni Student Scholarship 
Fund. Because of its success, the event will he repeated 
on March ig, 2005 in Lasell's de Witt Hall from 10 a.m. 
to 2 p.m. 

The weather for the Senior BBQ co-sponsored by the 
Alumni Board of Management was perfect. 

Brunch before the "Movin' Out" Musical in Boston on 
March 21, 2004. 

In March, Lasell Village hosted a breakfast for potential 
residents and several alums joined current resident Jean 
Michael Petersen '39. Standing (I to r) Nan Somerville 
Blowney '46, Lee Smith '54, Jean Michael Petersen '39, 
Anne Blake Perkins '46. Seated (I to r) Helen Richter 
Hanson '46, June Donovan Livingston '47 and Joan 
Hanson Blake '46. 

Reunion Weekend Silent Auction 

Proceeds (over $1,200) went to the Alumni Student Scholarship Fund. 




Autographed "Alias" script 
w /T-shirt and baseball cap 

Urit Chaimovitz '98 

Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59 

Night Sail in Boston Harbor 

Jenn Toscano '04 

Jean Sargent Lee '49 

Wicker picnic basket 
filled with goodies 

Jackie Paulding Hauser '50 
& Kathy Morgan Lucey '67 

Martha Garshman Spector '71 

Wildflowers photograph 

Linda Telfer '60 

Cathie Saunders Simard '79 

Clematis photograph 

Linda Telfer '60 

Ginny Bacon Hooper '34 

Rose photograph 

Linda Telfer '60 

Patti Beck '97 

Guest conductor for 

New Philharmonia Orchestra 

New Philharmonia Orchestra 

Martha Garshman Spector '71 

Mary Kay Spa Basket 

Patti Beck '97 

Jenn Toscano '04 

Golf putter 
w/ Lasell logo 

Louisville Golf Co. 

Jinny Schmidt Panton '64 

Skin Care 

Jessica Anthony '98 

Jan Slocum '64 

Cash donation 

Jean Campbell '44 

Cash donation 

Jean Michael Petersen '39 

Golf for three at 
Welles ley C.C. 

Russ & Barbara Cole French '6i 

Golf for 4 at 
Shattuck Golf Club 

Frank & Joy Stewart Rice '55 

Hairstyles Gift Bag 

Jessica Anthony '98 

Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients 

The recipients of Alumni Association 
Scholarships are returning students 
who have financial need and have 
demonstrated their outstanding ability 
as scholars. They were selected from a 
competitive pool of applicants and 
bring a wide range of talents to the 
Lasell community. They are leaders and 
volunteers in extra-curricular activities 
on and off campus. 

The recipients for the 2004-2005 
school year are: Casey Rich, a sopho- 
more Fashion Design and Production 
major from Danvers, MA. Casey, an 
honors student, is an Admissions 
Ambassador and a participant in the 
Emerging Leaders program. 

Kimberly Thrash, a senior accounting 
major from Maiden, MA. Kimberly is 
editor of the school newspaper, The 
1851, a Job Fair organizer, and a volun- 
teer income tax assistant. 

Keith Tower, a senior marketing major 
from Salem, MA. Keith is Class 
President in the Student Government 
Association, on the men's lacrosse team, 
Treasurer of the Student Athlete's 
Advisory Committee, peer mentor, Co- 
Facilitator for a first year seminar class, 
member of the Food Committee and 
the Internal Affairs Committee. W 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves IQ 

BragCiOII II Campaign News 

Arnow Challenge Officially Met 

Office of Campaign 
and Planned Giving 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
(617) 243-2223 

JFKs most of you know, in January 2003, 
Joan Weiler Arnow '49 and Bob Arnow 
generously pledged a $1,000,000 chal- 
lenge gift to the Campaign for Bragdon. 
Their continued outstanding philanthro- 
py continues to amaze and inspire each 
of us. We knew their challenge to us 
was daunting. We would need to raise 
$1,000,000 in Campaign funds by 
October 2004 in order to receive their 
magnificent gift. However, there was 
never any doubt in my mind that our 
alumni and friends would rise to the 
challenge and come through for us. 

And come through you did! As of 
Reunion Weekend 2004, 1 am pleased to 
report that we officially reached the 

$1,000,000 mark in gifts and pledges 
from nearly 200 of our alumni and 
friends. I am especially grateful for the 
many "stretch" gifts that were made, 
especially during a time that continues to 
be financially uncertain for many of us. 

"New Bragdon" will officially house its 
second group of 60 students this fall. 
The Campus Center will be up and 
running by the time you receive this 
publication. These two important 
buildings, so critical to the academic 
and social successes of our students, 
would not have been constructed 
without the support of the Arnows 
and our alumni and friends during the 
Campaign for Bragdon. I have been 

Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 

fortunate to witness firsthand the 
construction progress of both buildings 
(my office is just across the street). 
I have no doubt that both buildings will 
be utilized by hundreds and hundreds 
of students for many years to come. 
They are impressive and important 
additions to our campus and I am 
grateful to each and every one of you, 
whether you gave $100 or $1,000,000 
to the Campaign, for agreeing with me 
that Lasell continues to be worthy of our 
philanthropic support. 

Cathy Black 

throughout its history, Lasell has 
received millions of dollars as a result 
of the generosity of alumni and friends 
who have established a bequest in their 
will or trust. The Lasell community 
deeply appreciates this support and 
would like to pay tribute to a few of its 
bequest donors from the last two years 
who, collectively, contributed over 
$100,000 to their alma mater. 
Their generosity has clearly made an 
enormous difference in the lives of our 
students. We hope they will inspire you 
to consider a bequest as part of your 
estate planning. For more information 
or to request a bequest language 
handout, please call Cathy Black at 
61 j -243-222} or email her at 

Abrahamian '48 

Margaret received 
her degree in 
Fashion. While 
at Lasell, she was a 
member of the 
Executive Council and Speaker's 
Bureau. A consummate athlete, Margaret 
participated in soccer, hockey, basketball, 
softball, and tennis. Upon graduation, 
Margaret worked as a retail buyer with 
Grover, Cronin & Touraine. In her 
bequest, Margaret left $88,000 to Lasell. 

A. Isabel LaCosse 
Fior '34 

Isabel received her 
degree in Education. 
While at Lasell, she 
served as class 
President and was 
a member of the Dance Club, Orpheans, 
and Student Council. Upon graduation, 
Isabel married concert pianist Georg Fior 

and lived in Boston. After her husband's 
death, she moved to New York City, 
where she worked for Time Inc. for 12 
years. Isabel was also a member of the 
Art Students League in NYC, where she 
became an expert enamelist creating 
bowls, jewelry, and pictures. She passed 
away in August, 2001 at the age of 93 
and left $19,000 to her alma mater. 

Hester Shaw 
Gordon '28 

Hester received her 
degree in General 
Studies. While at 
Lasell, she served 
^ ] ^^^B as President of 

Carpenter house and was a member of 
the Lamp staff and Orphean and Drama 
clubs. Upon graduation, Hester contin- 
ued her education at Tufts University, 
received her bachelor's and master's 
degrees in English, and became an ele- 
mentary school teacher. Married in 1945, 
Hester then worked at Gordon Florist 

and Greenhouses in Ipswich, MA until 
her retirement. She passed away in July 
2000 at the age of 92. Hester remembered 
Lasell in her will and bequeathed $14,000. 

■^^^■■^H Natalie E. Park '32 
Natalie received her 
degree in General 
Studies. While at 
Lasell, she served 
^^^ as Treasurer and 

Ih^rifl was a member of 
the Orphean and Riding clubs. An 
accomplished athlete, Natalie participated 
in crew, basketball, hockey, and soccer. 
Upon graduation, Natalie continued her 
education at the Child Walker School 
of Fine Arts and Wellesley College. 
She was a member of Lasell' s and the 
Windsor School's faculties as well as an 
officer in the Navy for 20 years. Natalie 
passed away in October, 2002 at the age 
of 89. In her bequest, Natalie left $1,000 
to Lasell. '$' 

20 Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

Annual Fund 

Give Twice to Lasell 

Annual Fund Office 

1884 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466- 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-23S3 


Hello Lasell Alumni: 

■ ou may not be aware of the importance 
of each and every gift to Lasell College's 
Annual Fund but it is really true that 
every gift to the Annual Fund actually 
helps the College reach two goals: a dol- 
lar total and the total number of donors. 

Obviously, the greater the total 
amount raised through annual gifts for 
unrestricted operating expenses, the 
more the College has to help fund vital 
student-related areas. 

Not so obvious is why the smallest and 
largest gifts are equally important. This 
is because donor participation is always 
one of our goals. Here's why: 

Lasell, like many colleges, universities, 
and other non-profit organizations, seeks 
and competes for grants for special 
projects. In determining the recipients 
of their grants, foundations look at a 
variety of criteria from contending 
institutions. One such criterion is the 
strength of the institution, and one 
indicator of strength is the number of 
donors from each of the College's con- 
stituencies, which is expressed as the 
participation rate. At Lasell this includes 
alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. 

Some examples of recent grants awarded 
to Lasell support the following: for tech- 
nology infrastructure, $100,000 from 
the George I. Alden Trust; and for SPSS 
software to assist undergraduate and 
graduate students in doing research for 
their courses, $12,500 from the John H. 
and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation. 

Lasell might not have qualified for these 
grants had the College's participation 
rate been weak. Alumni participation 
for the 2002-2003 Annual Fund was 
25%, two percentage points higher than 
the previous year, representing 200 new 
donors. In addition, faculty and staff 
participation for that year was 23%. 
Both of these figures indicate to founda- 
tions that many of the people most 
closely associated with the institution 
show their belief in the College's 
mission through their donations. 

Shawn Proctor '06, Orientation Leader and Student Phonathon Representative, leads a 
group of new students in a Summer '04 orientation exercise. Your gifts to the 2004-2005 
Annual Fund will help these and all Lasell students this year. 

This past fund year (the 2003-2004 
Annual Fund), alumni participation 
dipped to 23% although the total raised 
grew by nearly $20,000 to $560,043. 
We are hoping that with the 2004-2005 
Annual Fund both totals will increase, 
by 2% in participation (200 or more 
new donors) and to $565,000 for use 
where the need is greatest. 

So, when you read the Lasell Annual 
Fund letters and brochures, or receive a 
call from a student phonathon represen- 
tative asking for your support and 
telling you that 'every gift counts,' you 
can believe it. Your gift gives twice! 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 

Credit Card Security 

For added security, Lasell College 
now requires all gifts paid by credit 
card to include the extension 
number. If paying by MasterCard or 
Visa, this 3-digit extension can be 
found on the signature line on the 
back of the card following the last 
four digits of the account number. 
If paying by American Express, the 
4-digit extension can usually be 
found on the front of the card, 
again following the card number. 
Gifts paid by credit card allow the 
funds to be put to use immediately 
and save on mailing expenses. 

If you have any questions 
concerning the credit card extension, 
please call the Annual Fund Office 
at 617-243-2165 or 677-243-2282. 
Thank you. 

Giving & Receiving 

Creative Mode of Philanthropy 

Has Your Insurance Company Switched 

from a Mutual Company to a Stock Corporation? 

Por a number of years, most insurance 
companies were organized as mutual 
companies, whereby the owners of the 
company were actually the policy hold- 
ers. However, during the last five to six 
years, there has been a marked trend 
shown for these companies to convert 
to stock corporations. In doing so, the 
insurance company issues stock for a 
public offering but reserves some of 
this stock for its policy owners — "free" 

stock at that. Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 
and her husband, Dwight, a former 
Overseer and recently appointed 
Trustee, respectively, have found this 
"free" stock to be a wonderful vehicle 
for them to use in completing their 
philanthropic obligations, including 
those to Lasell. "If I sold this stock on 
the open market, I would have to pay a 
capital gains tax using a zero acquisition 
cost. However, if we gift it to Lasell or 

our other favorite charities, every dollar 
of the given stock value is tax deductible," 
remarks Dwight. "Both Jo-Ann and I 
encourage other alumni and friends of 
Lasell to check with their insurance 
companies to see if demutualization 
may have already provided them with 
such stock or whether demutualization 
is being contemplated." 

Dwight would be happy to talk with you 
about the details of this unique and cre- 
ative way to become philanthropic. You may 
reach him at 
For information on other gift opportunities 
for Lasell and the Campaign for Bragdon, 
please call Cathy Black at 617-243-2223 or 
email her at W 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves 21 

Lasell Village 

de Witt Hall Filled 

Senior Expo 2004 Biggest Yet 

■ here are 17,000 older citizens in 
this city," said Newton's Mayor David 
Cohen as he officially opened the third 
annual Senior Expo on May 26th. "May 
is 'National Older Americans Month,' 
but this is a wonderful educational 
opportunity for all Newton residents, 
both seniors and their relatives." 

Seventy exhibitors participated in this 
year's informational forum, sponsored 
by Lasell Village, the Community Living 
Network (CLN) of Newton, and the 
Newton Council on Aging. Workshops 
covered topics that related to health, 

financial planning, housing options, 
caregiver services, lifelong education, and 
assistive devices and products for older 
adults. There were also health screenings 
for hearing, blood pressure, eye exams, 
and body mass index. 

"The Expo is a partnership of organiza- 
tions dedicated to the interests of seniors, 
their families, caregivers, and professionals 
of our community," says Lasell Village 
Dean Paula Panchuck. "Every year it has 
grown, and we are very pleased to be able 
to meet the needs of this population." ¥ 

At the Expo, Newton's Mayor David Cohen answers questions. 

A Packed House 

Lecture Series Brings Renowned Speakers to the Village 

m m 

, k 


Muriel Cohen and John Henning. 

IVIassachusetts exports two things: 
lobsters and liberals," said veteran 
Boston political reporter John Henning 
to an enthusiastic and engaged Village 
audience. "There must be something 
in the water. Everyone here runs for 
President." Mr. Henning was the 
speaker at the April 12 session of the 
"Decoding the Media" lecture series, 
and after the laughter subsided, he was 
peppered with questions. 

The series is organized by Muriel 
Cohen, formerly with the Associated 
Press in New York and Boston, the 
Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe. 

"In 2000, 1 was asked by a very good 
Villager friend of mine if I would teach 
a class at Lasell and, in the fall of 2000, 
I began teaching the course. 

"At first I structured the class with a 
reading list and assignments, but as I 

brought in speakers a new shape 
evolved. I thought, 'why teach them 
when someone else can tell them.' And, 
it's much more stimulating than what 
I can say. So far, no one's complained." 

"I have been lucky to have such motivat- 
ed students in the Villagers and such 
dynamic lecturers. As I have listened 
to them, I have learned something, even 
though I've been in the business for a 
long time," said Cohen. ¥ 


The Last Edition of the Lasell Village Voice is Printed 

(l to r) Ruth Saldinger and Martha Urban 
look over past Village Voices issues. 

Editors Ruth Saldinger and Martha 
Urban are the dynamic duo behind the 
great success of the Lasell Village Voice, 
the quarterly publication of Lasell 
Village. Their dedication and easy way 
of working together made 14 issues 
of the publication a reality and now, 

because of the enormous time commit- 
ment the Voice required, the two have 
decided to move on. "Without the work 
of our great staff, most of whom have 
been on the Voice since the start, none 
of it would have happened," says Ruth. 

But happen it did, and every issue 
was filled with interesting articles, 
profiles, photographs, and even a 
limerick contest. "We didn't usually 
have a theme for a whole issue," recalls 
Martha, "although sometimes that 
would inadvertently happen. One issue 
was the first annual photo contest, but, 
as it turned out, it was the first and 
only photo contest." 

It all started right after Lasell Village 
opened. "I had only been at the Village 
a month, when I thought about starting 
a newsletter," remembers Ruth. "I called 
a meeting and 14 people came. We tossed 
around ideas; we didn't really know what 

we were doing or what we wanted. We 
quickly decided against a newsletter 
because you have to be very timely, and 
we didn't want that." 

"Ruth and I didn't know each other from 
a hole in the wall," says Martha. "But 
when someone at the meeting suggested 
that we put out the publication on a 
mimeograph machine we looked across 
at each other and rolled our eyes. That 
was the beginning of our friendship." 

Martha's and Ruth's business back- 
grounds are entirely different but each 
brings her own expertise to the table and 
the combination meshes perfectly. 
Martha graduated from Northwestern 
University's Medill School of Journalism. 
"I thought I was going to be a reporter 
for the Paris edition of the Herald 
Tribune," she laughs, "but I could never 
work with those lands of deadlines, so 
I got into book publishing." 

Ruth graduated from Syracuse University, 
went on to get her M.Ed, degree in Early 
Childhood Education, and eventually 
made her career as a senior administra- 
tor in mental retardation. "I've always 
been interested in the written word, 
how you influence people and commu- 
nicate ideas to them. And, in my senior 
year of high school, I was the layout 
director of the yearbook. You never know 
when you'll use a past experience." 

"She could read something and tell 
immediately whether it was going to 
fly or not," says Martha. "She could 
also suggest a twist to one of our con- 
tributors that really made a piece work. 
I could create headlines, make cuts, 
and write quick pieces. It all seemed 
to work." ¥ 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2004 

SpOrtS News 

Message from the Athletic Director 

Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2383 


Two of Lasell's athletic facilities are 
sporting new looks this fall. 

Major renovations took place in the 
athletic center this summer to improve 
the athletic experience for both the varsity 
athletes and the general student population. 

In the gymnasium, the installation of 
a brand new wood floor has replaced 
the synthetic floor. The state-of-the art 
hardwood playing surface — which will 
raise the credibility of the entire athletic 
program and enhance the playing 
experience for both the basketball and 
volleyball teams — will be ready for the 
2004-2005 seasons. 

The second major change this fall is the 
relocation of the current weight rooms 
to a new, improved, and spacious area 
across the street, where Donahue's, the 
campus bookstore has resided. 

The Donahue Bookstore will be a major 
draw at the new Campus Center, and 

the current space will be reconfigured 
into a primo weight room boasting 30 
square feet of space than the current 
spaces combined, and will include 
new cardio machines, new workout 
equipment, and a much more user- 
friendly atmosphere. 

The new wood floor will be ready for 
the fall opening and the weight room 
move is expected to take place late 
first semester. These updates, changes 

and renovations will improve life for 
the student athletes and the entire 
Lasell Community. 



Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Hard at work on the new gym floor. 

Men's Lacrosse 

Overall Record: 5-7 
Conference Record: 3-4 


It was a rebuilding year for us," says 

Coach Tim Dunton. "Out of 22 players, 
14 were freshman and they all did a 
great job." The opening game of the 
season against Curry College showed 
how much heart this young team had. 
"It snowed the entire game and during 
the second half, the Lasers really 
showed their grit. They batded back 

after trailing 3-1 for two periods and 
managed to win in overtime." 

Freshman attack player Alex Zayac was 
the season's high scorer with 24 goals 
and 12 assists. Sophomore midfielder 
Jeremy Davis inspired the younger play- 
ers and was second in scoring with 20 
goals and four assists. Colby Gorniewicz 
'06 performed well under pressure and 
ended the season with 145 saves. ^ 

Women's Lacrosse 

Overall Record: 2-9 
Conference Record: 2-4 

The team's final record does not reflect 
their hard fought season. Typical was a 
game against Elms College, where the 
scoring went back and forth until the 
last moment, when the Lasers came up 
short one goal. 

The Lasers ended their season on an up- 
swing, crushing Emerson 13-1. It was a 

great way for senior captain Andrea 
Kimball to finish her career. 

The New England Women's Lacrosse 
League (NEWLA) honored midfielder 
Sarah Schiegel '07, by naming her 
NEWLA Rookie of the Week after Lasell 
beat Castieton State College 19-3. For 
the second year in a row, Mandi Rapisardi 
was named to the All-NEWLA team. Is 


Overall Record: 22-16 
Conference Record: 19-6 

wi hen asked what made the 2004 
squad so special, Coach Bob McKinley 
said, "Versatility and a great work ethic. : 
This enabled the team to advance to 
the quarterfinal round of the NAC 

When the all-North Atlantic softball 
teams were announced, freshman 
catcher Shawna Kelly was named to 
the All-NAC Second Team and junior 
pitcher Laura Stone was named to the 
All-NAC Honorable Mention Team. 

Seniors Sonja Landry and Stephanie 
Birch made valuable contributions and 
will be missed next year. Best wishes are 
also extended to Coach McKinley, as he 
ends his six-year career with the softball 
team with an overall record of 101-98. W 

2003-2004 Seasons Wrap Up 
At Sports Banquet 

The 2003-2004 All Sports Banquet was 
held on Friday May 7th in the Athletic 
Center. The annual event is held to recog- 
nize the accomplishments of the athletes 
throughout the year. Coaches highlighted 
their season and gave individual awards to 
athletes. Four banners were also present- 
ed, including an NAC Championship 
banner for the women's cross country 
team, an NAC Championship banner for 
the men's basketball team, and an NCAA 
banner for both the men's basketball 
team and the men's soccer team. Three 
players from the men's basketball team 
were recognized for scoring over 1,000 
career points. 

The final awards of the evening were pre- 
sented to Sonja Landry and Chris Hickey 
as Student-Athletes-of-the-Year. Landry, 
captain of the softball team and president 
of the Student- Athlete Advisory Council, 
graduated with a degree in business man- 
agement and carried an overall GPA of 
3.67. Hickey, captain of the men's soccer 
team and vice president of the Student 
Athlete Advisory Council, graduated with 
a degree in Hospitality Management and 
an overall GPA of 3. 6. H 

Fall 2004 

Lasell Leaves 2^ 

SpOrtS News and Lasell College Athletic Calendar For Fall 2004 

Field Hockey Fall 2004 

Men's & Women's Cross Country Fall 2004 


2 Saturday 



2:00 p.m.** 

3 Sunday 



12:00 p.m.** 

7 Thursday 

@ Univ. of New England 


3:30 p.m. 

9 Saturday 



1:00 p.m. 

12 Tuesday 

@ Becker College* 


3:30 p.m. 

16 Saturday 

@ Western N.E. College* 


1:00 p.m. 

17 Sunday 

@ Castleton State College* 


1:00 p.m. 

21 Thursday 



3:30 p.m. 

23 Saturday 

@ Elms College* 


2:00 p.m. 

26 Tuesday 



3:00 p.m. 


2 Tuesday 

NAC Quarterfinals 


5 Friday 

NAC Semi-finals 


6 Saturday 

NAC Finals 


*North Atlantic Conference Game 
**Friends and Family Weekend 
Head Coach: Jessica King (6th year) 
Goalie Coach: Kelly Sullivan (6th year) 

Women's Soccer Fall 2004 


3 Sunday 

6 Wednesday 

9 Saturday 

10 Sunday 

13 Wednesday 

16 Saturday 

17 Sunday 

20 Wednesday 

23 Saturday 

24 Sunday 
31 Sunday 

4 Thursday 

6 Saturday 

@ Bay Path College* Away 1:00 p.m.* 1 

WHEELOCK COLLEGE* Home 3:30 p.m. 

@ Husson College* Away 1:00 p.m. 

@ Maine Maritime Academy* Away 12:00 p.m. 

@ Elms College* Away 3:30 p.m. 

THOMAS COLLEGE* Home 1:00 p.m. 

UMAINE FARMINGTON* Home 12:00 p.m. 

LESLEY COLLEGE* Home 3:00 p.m. 

@ Castleton State College* Away 1:00 p.m. 

@ Johnson State College* Away 12:00 p.m. 
North Atlantic Conference 

Quarterfinal TBA TBA 

North Atlantic Conference 
Semi-Finals TBA 

North Atlantic Conference Finals TBA 


* North Atlantic Conference game 
**Friends and Family Weekend 
Head Coach: Lisa McNamara (1st year) 
Assistant Coach: TBA 

Men's Soccer Fall 2004 


2 Saturday MIT Home 

5 Tuesday @ Salem State College Away 

9 Saturday @ Husson College Away 

10 Sunday @MMA Away 
13 Wednesday ELMS COLLEGE Home 

16 Saturday THOMAS COLLEGE Home 

17 Sunday UMF Home 

23 Saturday @Castleton State College Away 

24 Sunday @ Johnson State College Away 
26 Tuesday UMASS DARTMOUTH Home 

4:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 

**Friends and Family Weekend 
Head Coach: Giovanni Pacini (6th year) 
Assistant Coach: Ryan Michelangelo 

Women's Volleyball Fall 2004 


2 Saturday 

4 Monday 

8 Friday 

9 Saturday 

13 Wednesday 

16 Saturday 

21 Thursday 

23 Saturday 

26 Tuesday 

30 Saturday 


@ Eastern Connecticut 
State Univ. Tournament 

@ Eastern Connecticut 
State Univ. Tournament 


@ Eastern Nazarene College 


@ Bay Path w/ Lesley Univ.* 

@ Simmons College 

@ Thomas College 

w/UMaine Farmington 






Away TBA 

12:00 p.m 

7:00 p.m. 



7:00 p.m. 

1:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 


7:00 p.m. 

*North Atlantic Conference Match 
Head Coach: Mary Tom (7th year) 
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (7th year) 

**Friends and Family Weekend 


2 Saturday 

Lasell Day Homecoming Hustle 


9 Saturday 

Roger Williams Invitational 


15 Friday 

Rivier College Invitational 

4:00/4:45 p.m. 

30 Saturday 

NAC @ Johnson St. College 



6 Saturday 

ECAC Invitational 


13 Saturday 

NCAA Regional 


**Friends and Family Weekend 
Head Coach: Larry Sullivan 

Men's Basketball Fall 2004-2005 


19 Friday 

20 Saturday 
28 Sunday 
30 Tuesday 

@ Salem State Tournament 
@ Salem State Tournament 



4 Saturday 

5 Sunday 
7 Tuesday 
9 Thursday 
11 Saturday 


13 Thursday 

15 Saturday 

18 Tuesday 

20 Thursday 

22 Saturday 

23 Sunday 
27 Thursday 

29 Saturday 

30 Sunday 

@ Husson College Away 

@ Maine Maritime Academy Away 

@ Trinity College Away 





@ Mount Ida College Away 

@ Babson College Away 



@ UMass Dartmouth Away 

@ Castleton State College Away 

@ Johnson State College Away 


3:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 

5:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 


i Tuesday 

5 Saturday 

6 Sunday 
8 Tuesday 

12 Saturday 

13 Sunday 
15 Tuesday 



HUSSON COLLEGE Home 12:00 p.m. 

@ Amherst College Away 7:30 p.m. 

@ UMaine Farmington Away 2:00 p.m. 

@ Thomas College Away 12:00 p.m. 

NEWBURY COLLEGE Home 7:00 p.m. 

Head Coach: Chris Harvey 

Assistant Coach: TBA 

Women's Basketball Fall 2004-2005 


19 Friday 

20 Saturday 
28 Sunday 

@ Keene State Tournament 
@ Keene State Tournament 


3:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 


2 Thursday 

4 Saturday 
7 Tuesday 
9 Thursday 
11 Saturday 


6 Thursday 

11 Tuesday 
13 Thursday 
15 Saturday 
19 Wednesday 

22 Saturday 

23 Sunday 

26 Wednesday 

29 Saturday 

30 Sunday 


3 Thursday 

5 Saturday 

6 Sunday 

12 Saturday 

13 Sunday 
18 Friday 
22 Tuesday 

25 Friday 

26 Saturday 


@ Husson College Away 3:00 p.m. 

WHEELOCK COLLEGE Home 7:00 p.m. 

@ Newbury College Away 7:00 p.m. 

ELMS COLLEGE Home 1:00 p.m. 

SKIDMORE COLLEGE Home 7:00 p.m. 

@ Regis College Away 7:00 p.m. 

©Lesley University Away 7:30 p.m. 

BECKER COLLEGE Home 1:00 p.m. 


THOMAS COLLEGE Home 2:00 p.m. 

UMaine FARMINGTON Home 12:00 p.m. 

ST. JOSEPH'S MAINE Home 7:00 p.m. 

@ Castleton State College Away 2:00 p.m. 

@ Johnson Away 1:00 p.m. 

MOUNT IDA COLLEGE Home 7:00 p.m. 


HUSSON COLLEGE Home 2:00 p.m. 

@ UMaine Farmington Away 4:00 p.m. 

@ Thomas College Away 2:00 p.m. 

BAY PATH COLLEGE Home 7:00 p.m. 

NAC Quarter-Finals TBA 

NAC Semi-Finals TBA 

NAC Finals TBA 

Head Coach: Stephanie Tobey (2nd year) Assistant Coach: TBA 

Listings that appear in 
capital letters denote 

home games. 
Occasionally, due to 

weather, etc., dates and 
times may change. 

For confirmation, 

please check with the 

Athletics Department at 

(617) 243-2147. 



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